When two people divorce or separate after being in a relationship, hurt feelings and negative emotions can linger on long after they sign divorce papers or move out of a shared home. Most people just want to make a clean break from a split, but parents cannot necessarily do this. Even though a relationship between two adults has deteriorated, the relationships that they have with their children are lifelong. This means that child custody disputes are possible until children have grown up.
If and when these disputes arise, it is important for parents to keep in mind that their child’s wellbeing is the top priority. Parents who forget or do not realize that can make some very negative or dangerous decisions that put children and their relationships with another parent in jeopardy.
For example, Minnesota parents may have read about the mother who kidnapped her two daughters and fled to Argentina, defying court orders and robbing the girls of their relationship with their father for three years.
The woman was reportedly upset that a judge found no merit to her claims that her ex-husband had been abusive during their relationship. The judge would also not grant the woman’s request to move to Argentina with the two children, who had since been placed in residential primary care of their father.
But the woman did it anyway. She took their children to Argentina, where they have been for the last three years.
The father has been fighting for their return ever since. However, because the dispute crosses into two countries, it has been difficult for the father to prompt any quick action. The courts ruled that the woman must return the girls to their father, but she has appealed this order, further delaying the case.
International child custody cases can be very complex and frustrating. But even if a child custody dispute only crosses county or state lines, it can still be very upsetting for parents to deal with. Parents generally want what is best for their children, but this sense of what is best can be clouded when it involves an ex. Rather than take on this system alone, Minnesota parents can work with an attorney to find the best custody arrangement and make sure it is enforced properly.
Source: The Huffington Post, “Dennis Burns Waits For Argentinean Supreme Court To Rule On Return Of Abducted Daughters,” Nov. 12, 2013