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Child custody dispute crosses state lines

Many California parents may be all too familiar with the type of stress that can arise from trying to come to terms with a custody order. A child custody order is put into place by the courts to detail the physical and legal and financial role each parent shall play in the lives of their mutual children. A child support order takes care of the financial aspects. Many times, these orders can alleviate disputes between parents, but when one or both parents finds themselves disinclined to accept a custody arrangement, disaster can strike. 

In June 2018, multiple police agencies from two states became involved when the father of a 6-year-old child decided to take matters into his own hands. A parental dispute between the man and the child's mother quickly escalated into a possible missing child situation. The mother reported that the father had taken the child over the weekend, but the pair never returned. 

Growing concerned, the California mom reported the situation to police. Police began to investigate and determined that the man's actions made him a fugitive from justice. They received information that the man was traveling with his current girlfriend, and that one of them may have family across state lines in Washington. A SWAT team was deployed to a residence where the pair was rumored to be holed up with the child, and upon finding them, the father was placed under arrest. Child Protective Services took the child in as they waited for her mother to arrive from California. 

It is important for parents to make sure child custody orders are put in place by the court and kept up to date. In the case of a disagreement, a custody order can remove all question as to who is to have physical custody of a child at any given time. One way to assure that such an order is legally binding and enforceable by law is to enlist the services of an experienced family law attorney. An attorney may be able to help ensure that orders are clear and followed by both parents, which can help prevent unnecessary stress and trauma for a child. 

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