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When A Child Custody Dispute Becomes A Criminal Case

Few legal matters have the potential to become as heated as child custody disputes. Every parent wants to do what is best for their child. Every parent is willing to fight to protect their relationship with their child. Unfortunately, emotions often overshadow judgment in these situations, leading parents to take drastic steps that can be harmful to all involved.

Interference With Child Custody

A recent article from KLSA news illustrates just how quickly a family matter can escalate to a serious criminal case.

The problem began months ago when a Texas mother stopped allowing the father to see their child, even though the father had court-ordered visitation. The mother, as well as the maternal grandparents, were brought to court for a contempt hearing. That did not resolve the matter. In fact, the situation grew to the point where the grandmother made a serious threat against the child and father. Now she and the grandfather have been arrested for interference with child custody, as well as other criminal charges. The mother is on the run and being sought on the same charges. Meanwhile, the child is in the custody of child protective services.

Interference with child custody is a felony charge. It can be brought while a child custody case is pending or after orders have been issued in the event that one of the parents takes a child out of the state, out of the country or otherwise prevents the other parent from having access to the child as ordered. These are frequently child abduction cases and may also involve issues of parental alienation.

If convicted, an individual could face penalties that include up to two years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines. Needless to say, a conviction for interference with child custody will also seriously damage any chances of a continued relationship with the child.

Do Not Attempt To Take Child Custody Matters Into Your Own Hands

If you are thinking about taking measures to prevent the other parent from having access to the child, understand that if you take these matters into your own hands you could put yourself at risk of criminal charges and ultimately lose access to your child. An experienced attorney can help you take the appropriate steps to keep your child safe and protect your relationship with your child.

If you have been prevented from seeing your child, you may feel powerless. Understand that the other parent may be violating the law and there may be options for regaining your access to the child. An experienced lawyer can help you explore them.

At Jamie Graham & Associates, PLLC, we have a reputation for taking on the most complex, contentious child custody cases and finding positive resolutions.

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