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Mother disappears with daughter during child custody dispute

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

A father in Texas has been subjected to high levels of anxiety over concern for the well-being of his 9-year-old daughter. When a marriage or other important relationship ends, the parties involved are often balancing on an emotional high wire. One may be dealing with an obstinate ex or a child custody dispute, and during this time, it can be challenging to provide the children with the support and stability they desperately need.

In an ongoing custody battle where the parents have been awarded joint custody, the mother has taken her daughter without advising the father. They have been missing for more than two weeks, and the father is frantic. The same thing happened in January but then the mother and child returned within a few days. The father indicated that it appeared as if they took nothing with them on this occasion.

He checked their residence and found a notice of an intended eviction on the door, and inside were clothing and food lying around. The father has received no response to phone calls, text messages or emails that he has sent. He has no idea whether his daughter even has clothes to wear. He filed a missing persons report with the police, but they have had no success in their search.

Most parents want what is best for their children, but high conflict situations can divert parents' energy away from the needs of their children. Texas parents may want to explore the possibilities available under state laws to help them reduce conflict. Having qualified assistance to help guide parents through mediation and counseling may resolve child custody disputes to the satisfaction of all parties.

Source: khou.com, Galveston mother, daughter disappear for 2nd time in 3 months, Rucks Russell, March 7, 2014

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