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Father charged with interference with child custody

On Behalf of | Mar 17, 2021 | Family Law

Following a divorce or parents parting ways, issues concerning their children can evolve. While some parents in Alabama are able to put their differences aside and reach an amicable agreement concerning child custody, others may find it challenging to see eye-to-eye. Thus, parents may encounter various issues regarding parenting time and establishing a custody plan that continually works for them. In some cases, this may provoke major custody issues that could result in unintended consequences and even criminal matters.

Child abduction

It was recently reported that two children were abducted at an Alabama gas station. Authorities described the incident as an interference with custody. Preliminary investigation revealed that the mother of the children was traveling from Texas with her two children, aged 3 and 16. Unknown to her, the father of her 3-year-old was following her in his own vehicle.

The mother went inside of a store, leaving her children inside of the vehicle. During this time, it was purported that the man approached the children in the vehicle where they both willingly got inside of his vehicle. Both local and federal enforcement agencies were involved in this matter; however, an Amber alert was not issued because it was not believed that either child was in danger.

Custody order enforcement

Authorities were able to locate the children with the father in Gulfport, Mississippi. The 58-year-old father who is from Texas is now facing charges in Alabama for the interference with child custody. At this time, it is not clear what the child custody order in place was or what led the father to take the children; however, it was confirmed it was an interference with custody. Such an incident leads to custody enforcement and could result in modifications to the current order.

Family law matters can be complex and emotional. Whether you are a parent seeking to establish a child custody order or are wanting to enforce or modify a current order, it is imperative that one fully understands their matter and what options are available. This not only helps to better protect your rights but also the best interests of the child or children involved.