Main Menu Practice Areas
Barbara L. Jouette, Attorney, P.C.
888-268-7997 / 214-385-4562

Question of custody versus parent rights an international affair

Even after a family law court in Collin County has ruled on a child custody matter, disputes may still arise between the parents and families. When a parent is granted full custody of a child, they often have the ability to determine the terms of any visitation or interaction between the child and the other parent.

A Massachusetts woman recently became involved in a dispute with her ex-husband over his right to visit his daughter. The mother was reportedly granted legal custody following the couple’s divorce. The custody and visitation rights issues reportedly began when the woman took the young girl to Brazil to visit her father, but ended up not allowing the visit to happen because she was told by a friend that her ex-husband and his family intended to keep the girl. 

Both the U.S. and Brazil governments became involved in the case after the father asked to have his daughter and ex-wife’s passports confiscated so they could not leave. It is reportedly common for authorities to prevent a parent from taking a child out of Brazil without permission by confiscating their passports, but it was not reported whether or not a judge in Brazil was notified of the previous custody ruling when the request to stop them from leaving the country was made. According to reports, the mother and her daughter’s passports have since been returned and they are preparing to come back to the U.S.

Custody disputes are difficult for everyone involved. Each parent loves their child or children, and feels that they are looking out for the best interests of the child. If you are involved in a child custody dispute, it may be of benefit to obtain legal representation to help ensure your parental rights are upheld.

Source: Huffington Post, “Shauna Hadden And Daughter Expect To Return To US Soon After Brazil Custody Dispute”, Bridget Murphy, July 10, 2013