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Family law: Father may be arrested in custody case

Sadly, children are stuck in the middle of parental disagreements and differing points of views. When parents or grandparents cannot agree on the best way to handle sharing custody of a child or children, skilled New Jersey family law attorneys are often asked to offer advice on legal intervention. Sadly, one 4-year-old little boy is caught between custody disagreements of his mother and father, and it may lead to his father's arrest.

According to court records, the 31-year-old mother has not seen her son in a year. It all began when her former boyfriend was granted custody of their son. Prior to the father being granted custody, the mother pleaded guilty to meth drug charges, and she was given 30 months of probation as a result. After being granted with custody, the father took his son to live in another state. The mother and her attorney began making legal court requests for the father to return with the son in order for the mother to be allowed to see him.

Court records indicate that the father has ignored court orders as recently as last month. Because of his refusal to return and appear in court, the father could face arrest. Reportedly, the father will only face arrest and a $25,000 bond if he returns to Illinois as requested because local officials will not travel to the state of the father's current residence for an arrest. The father's attorneys are alleging that the father has not complied with court orders because the boy has severe anxiety and memories related to living with his mother.

Even though co-parenting has become quite popular for parents to work out the best situation for shared children, not all parents can agree on civil terms. When a parent must seek legal intervention, skilled New Jersey family law attorneys can advise on the best approach. Attorneys also remain an asset when and if further issues arise throughout a custody agreement.

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