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Women's advocate faces charges for violating child custody order

New Jersey parents may have found themselves in a situation that put them at odds with the legal system. When it comes to child custody orders, there is no wiggle room for parents that disagree with the orders contents. Child custody orders must be followed whether a parent personally agrees or not. 

Recently, a mother who works as a womens' rights advocate found herself in hot water after she took it upon herself to disregard a child custody order. The woman had lost custody of her two children several years ago when a court determined she may have a mental condition that would affect her children's well-being. She attempted to appeal the decision but her case was dismissed. 

Understandably, she became frustrated, but rather than continue to fight the ruling in court, she decided to take her daughter with her to a residence in another state. When authorities located them, the child was returned to her legal residence in New Jersey. The mother was charged with abducting a child and violating a custody order. She remains incarcerated on these charges. 

If a parent needs to establish or modify a child custody order, he or she may find the process frustrating. The court system can seem overwhelming to parents, and some may feel the need to do something drastic. Rather than potentially harm their relationship with their children by committing a crime, parents may do well to contact an experienced attorney. An attorney may be able to help a parent press their case in accordance with all applicable laws and court orders. 

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