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Kidnapping in child custody cases a very real phenomenon

With divorce come a number of issues that must be resolved. Property division, spousal support, alimony, visitation plans, custody and parenting time are just among a few of the issues that require resolution during a divorce. By far the most difficult matters to resolve, though, are usually those that involve children. Divorces are extremely emotional situations to begin with; however, when determinations are made about the children and where they will be living, a divorce proceeding has the potential to become explosive.

For example, the ex-wife of Allen Iverson accused the former professional basketball player of kidnapping their children when he failed to return them as agreed. The children were supposed to be returned to their mother after taking a vacation with the famous athlete. The parties, prior to the vacation, had agreed upon a location where the children would be dropped off to their mother. This did not occur and the mother is concerned for her children and their safety.

As mentioned previously, child custody issues are quite sensitive in nature. In making child custody decisions the courts, in most cases, are essentially granting one parent greater access to the children than another parent. The courts use the best interest of the child standard to make such decisions. This can be a difficult adjustment because arguably no parent wants to be away from his or her children for extended periods of time.

Emotions can run very high in child custody situations. However, ignoring or circumventing a child custody order is not the answer to resolving any child custody issues that may be prevalent.

Source: Huffington Post, "Allen Iverson kidnaps his children from ex-wife, Tawanna Iverson," June 17, 2013

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