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Unusual child custody case exposes human trafficking.

Most Texas families are likely aware that in situations where the parents chose to separate, or perhaps never lived together at all, a plan must be calculated to ensure the best interest of any children involved. Child custody arrangements are put into place by the court to dictate things like child support payments, physical custody, legal custody and visitation. Many times, these arrangements are easily made clear, and can be followed by all parties with little confusion. Other times, things may be a bit more complicated. 

Recently, a man serving in the military, stationed in South Korea, was overjoyed to find out that he and his wife would soon have a child. The couple had been married for some time, and the man naturally assumed the child was his. He was devastated to learn from his wife that their daughter had not survived past birth. Soon after, he was even more shocked to learn that the child, actually a boy, was alive and well, not biologically his, and for sale. 

The child's mother had agreed to illegally sell the child to a Texas couple, and traveled to meet them, turn over the child and relinquish her parental rights. The Texas couple was later stopped by police, child in tow. After some questioning, the couple admitted that the child was not theirs, and that the father's name had been forged on the birth certificate. 

The man, naturally appalled to learn the truth, filed for divorce from his wife. Though he is now aware that the child is not biologically his, he is fighting for custody of the boy, who is currently in foster care. The man says that he himself was adopted, and wishes to give the small child the family he deserves. 

When child custody situations are not clear, and especially if the waters are muddied by questions of paternity, it can be difficult to determine the best course of action. In many cases, it can be beneficial to the parties involved to each seek the assistance of an experienced attorney. An attorney may be able to assist a parent to arrange for the proper care and custody of their children when necessary. 

Source:, "Soldier Steven Garcia tries for custody of baby wife tried to sell, cops say", Matthew Martinez, May 18, 2018

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