Regardless of the differences that sometimes come between two parents, it is important that each parent has the opportunity to have a relationship with the children they share. Joint custody arrangements are usually considered to be in the best interests of the child. Nonetheless, a child custody dispute can arise when one parent does not follow the court-ordered guidelines with regard to visitation rights and parenting time.
Such was the case for a father who allegedly took custody matters into his own hands and landed himself in hot water with the law. A recent Amber Alert was instrumental in helping Austin police to locate two boys who were reported missing from Georgia on Dec. 27. The father apparently failed to return the boys back home as agreed on Dec. 26 after a holiday visit.
An Austin citizen recognized the two boys, ages 7 and 9, from the Amber Alert and contacted area law enforcement. The father was arrested and will be extradited to Georgia to face felony charges of interstate interference with custody, as well as other possible charges.
Child custody disputes can be quite difficult to endure, and the custodial parent often finds that enforcing a child custody order can cause emotions to run high. Parents can avoid these types of frustrating situations by following the provisions set out by the court with regard to child custody. A parent can also petition the court for an agreement modification if the parent is unhappy with the current custody arrangements.
Source: usatoday.com, “Missing Ga. boys located in Texas; father held,” Dec. 30, 2012