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Child custody dispute results in missing child

Texas parents may be familiar with the frustration that often arises while trying to hash out the details of child custody. Parents may find themselves at odds with a child custody order and be tempted to take matters into their own hands. A recent case explains why this sort of action is not advisable and can lead to serious legal trouble. 

After a court appearance that did not end in a way a Texas mother found favorable, she disappeared with her child immediately following. Authorities state that the woman took her daughter from outside the court premises, and the pair have not been seen since. The U.S. Marshals are now involved in the investigation, determined to find the missing child and hold the mother responsible for breaking the law. 

Child custody orders are legally binding, and even if a parent does not agree with the order, he or she may not disobey the order. When a court puts a custody order into place, the only proper way to make changes is by utilizing the legal system. The mother in this case now has a warrant for her arrest, which could certainly affect any future proceedings. 

When a parent needs help establishing, modifying or enforcing a child custody order, he or she may want to contact an experienced attorney. An attorney may be able to explain the laws to a client and present options for actions that will not result in legal trouble for a parent. An attorney can help a parent navigate the court system and help ensure that a custody dispute does not result in a parent committing a crime by breaking the rules. 

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