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Woman who broke child custody agreement may be in Georgia

When child custody arrangements are ordered by a court, it is expected that all parties involved will abide by the court's decision and follow the rules. A judge's orders -- in cases where the court's interference is necessary -- is always going to be based on the best interest of the children. However, this does not mean that parents and family members will always agree with the outcome. When one does not stick to a child custody plan in Georgia, there may be consequences to face.

In July 2017, a woman in another state picked up her 10-year-old daughter to begin a fun-filled July Fourth weekend camping trip. The girl was living with her father at the time, as mandated by the court. The mother did not have custody of the girl but apparently had visitation rights.

When the woman did not return the girl to her father's home the next evening, and no one was able to get in touch with her, the police were notified. It was then discovered that the woman had severed all social media ties and had her phone disconnected. The child was immediately reported as missing.

Authorities have been searching for the pair since July. The mother is wanted on kidnapping charges. It is believed that she and the girl could be in Georgia.

In this case, it is unknown whether any danger is posed to the child involved. It is certainly possible that the mother had simply disagreed with the court's custody decision and tried to take matters into her own hands. However, as this situation demonstrates, there is a right way and a wrong way to fight back against a child custody order. Regardless of which side a parent is on, a helpful solution is consulting with an attorney who can advise on how to handle any issues or obstacles.

Source: ajc.com, "Illinois woman accused of kidnapping daughter may be in Athens", Raisa Habersham, Jan. 11, 2018

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