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Mother granted custody in jeopardy of jail sentence

No child custody case is ever easy. Even with the most agreeable of parents, such situations are wrought with emotion and involve difficult decisions and concessions. The ideal circumstances have two parents focused on the best interest of the child, being willing to work together. Unfortunately, that is not always the reality and many complexities arise.

Identifying custody of children is not always the only or last part of a child custody case. In one current situation, the mother has been granted legal custody of her children by the state of Indiana but does not actually have them. The children have been living with their father in Cyprus and the mother is on a quest to bring them back to the United States. 

The mother has been ordered to pay her ex-husband money every month per a local Cyprus court in order to receive visitation but says she is unable to do so. She is currently facing being taken to jail for her inability to pay the monthly fees to her ex-husband. She has already spent some time in jail in Cyprus.

When facing a divorce involving children, it is always advisable to have the right legal representation to assist with child custody, parent relocation issues, visitation rights and more. Protecting yourself and your children is of the utmost importance. It is often only with the right legal help that the worst-case situations can be avoided and the true “best interest of the child” situation can be identified and implemented.

Source: Daily News, “Indiana woman fighting for custody of two kids taken to Cyprus now facing arest abroad,” June 11, 2013

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