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Criminal charges filed in situation connected to child custody

Family law situations involving children are often especially challenging. Illinois parents currently navigating contentious divorce situations as well as unmarried parents battling over child custody may relate. Emotions typically run high in cases that are intensely personal, and on rare occasions, things get a bit out of hand, leading to criminal charges against one parent or the other.

Such is the case where a 26-year-old mother of a 2-year-old is concerned. In April of this year, she was accused of entering a museum and exiting with her child. The only problem is there appears to have been an existing court order prohibiting her from doing so.

Authorities made several requests for her to return the child, but she apparently ignored them. Later, the child and the woman were found at a local hotel. The woman and a 34-year-old man who police believe is somehow involved are now facing criminal charges for the incident. The woman is free from jail on a $25,000 bond.

Illinois parents and others are often able to negotiate their own child custody plans. When this occurs, the court merely needs to approve the developed plan rather than actually making specific decisions regarding the issues contained therein. However, when a court order exists, whether parents created a custody plan or the court did, when a plan is set, all parties must adhere to it. If problems arise where one parent accuses the other of disregarding an existing court order or directly acting against it, the parties involved may wind up back in court so the situation can be resolved. A family law attorney can act on behalf of a concerned parent to protect his or her rights and advocate in a child's or children's best interests.

Source:, "Charge held for court in Erie custody spat", Tim Hahn, Accessed on May 30, 2017

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