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When a child custody disputes turns into a criminal matter

Parents in Missouri and elsewhere may struggle to figure out what is best for their children. It happens, particularly when it comes to matters of child custody. Unfortunately, some custody disputes result in one parent facing criminal charges -- as is what happened recently to a woman in another state.

According to a news article, a woman and her ex had been arguing about custody for some time when she finally went to police and reported that her ex took their child out of state without permission. When law enforcement officials investigated the matter, the father had his opportunity to share his side of the story. It was determined that the mother lied to police about the problem.

While, there are some cases that call for police intervention, going this route resulted in the woman being arrested and charged with providing false information to a law enforcement officer. She did spend some time behind bars. It is unclear when her case will go to court.

When child custody disputes arise, yes, sometimes going to police is the appropriate action. However, for most cases, going back to family court is the best course of action. It is possible to seek changes to a current custody order if one is not happy with how it is working out, if the child is struggling or if one has experienced a change in personal circumstances. Getting an order modification request approved by a Missouri court can be a bit of a challenge, but with legal counsel at one's side it is possible to take all the necessary steps to hopefully achieve a positive outcome.

Source:, "Dalton woman arrested for lying to police in custody dispute", Tyler Jett, Dec. 7, 2017

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