Child Custody Fights Can Be Serious
When people in Utah are going through a divorce, things can be very emotional. A contested divorce stirs passions and feelings that often erupt into a terrible environment for the whole family involved in the divorce. Its difficult for people to come to a consensus about alimony, child support, division of property, and sometimes the most heated subject of all, child custody. These arguments within the home extend into the court house and cause some to commit unlawful activity to protect his or her rights.
Child Custody Fights Sometimes Don’t End Well
Unfortunately 13 years ago, such a heated child custody battle caused one mother to feel she had to flee Utah in order to protect her parental rights. Because of her flight, however, she violated her ex-husband’s parental rights. 13 years ago a Utah couple was going through an emotional divorce. The couple was living in Provo in 1998 but facing legal problems, the mother took the couple’s daughter and fled to Canada. She did have custody of the girl but the father ended up being awarded custody by a court. The father could not locate the mother or the girl, however, so a warrant was issued for the mother’s arrest.
This week, after 13 years, the mother was located in Washinton, D.C. and arrested. The father flew to D.C. from Salt Lake to see the girl, who is now a grown women, for the first time since 1998. This story is far from a happy ending though. The daughter did not want to see her father, and the father missed out on years of raising his daughter that he will never be able to regain. The damage is done and this family will probably never heal over this conflict, even though the daughter has been found.
A Utah Divorce Lawyer Protects Parental Rights
This sad story is an example of a child custody battle gone terribly wrong in Utah. Sadly, children are usually the one that suffer the most in these disputes between their parents. Its important for those going through a divorce in Salt Lake, Provo, and the rest of the Wasatch Front to have a good divorce lawyer to protect their child custody rights.
Call a Salcido Law Firm family law attorney if you are going through a divorce and have a child custody issue.
A family law attorney from Salcido Law Firm will protect your parental rights and help you resolve any child custody dispute with your spouse. Call 801.413.1753 to speak with a Utah divorce lawyer today.