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Woman failed to honor child custody arrangements

In the state of Texas, a critical factor of divorce proceedings involves establishing whether a parent will have primary custody, sole custody, or an alternate legal arrangement with their children. The process of determining custody is meant to provide a child with the most optimum living situation for their specific needs. In some cases, child custody arrangements are later modified to reflect a changing familial dynamic.

A woman that neglected to deliver her two children to a scheduled visitation with their father has been charged for child concealment. She was apparently found with her children in Washington state, arrested, and then extradited for a cost of more than $2,000 to Nevada. As an adjustment to the previous custody arrangement, she had been ordered by a District Judge to transfer her 2-year-old son and 5-year-old daughter to their father for a week in November.

The woman has been jailed on $25,000 bail, and the prosecutor requested that the bail stands. She will apparently be denied the ability to leave the state without consent and also monitored electronically if she posts bail. The woman requested that she be released by way of her own recognizance, and the children have reunited with their father. The mother had apparently requested to relocate with the children, but she and her lawyer had not appeared for the hearing in December.

Child custody arrangements are vital to the overall wellbeing of the children they involve. Failure to adhere to the scheduled visitations determined by court can be detrimental to a child by depriving them of stability, as well as time with their parent. If you are planning a divorce, you may wish to speak with a child custody lawyer to better understand your options.

Source: The Record-Courier, “Mother in custody for absconding with children,” Sheila Gardner, Jan. 24, 2014

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