A 19-year-old Chicago mother went to the police when her baby's father picked up the child for a weekend visit then failed to return the baby as planned. The kidnapping scare soon turned into a custody dispute case when police discovered the father at home claiming he was "filling out paperwork" to have custody granted to himself.
When police arrived at the Heathwood Circle address in Niles where the father lived, they found the baby safe and the father claiming that he wanted custody of the baby. The father also stated that he believed he could keep the child until a custody hearing could be granted. The Department of Family and Children Services were consulted and advised that the baby must be returned to the mother until the custody dispute could be resolved. The police returned the child to the mother and advised the couple to call attorneys in the matter.
Many parents argue over custody of their children, especially if one parent feels the other is not taking proper care of the children. In some cases, parents will attempt to flee with the child, as in this incident; in other cases, the parents argue and even escalate to physical confrontations. None of this is good for the children, who are often witnesses to the disputes.
Instead, parents can consult a divorce attorney who can give them sound legal advice about their parental rights in these matters. Divorce attorneys not only handle divorce but often handle child custody matters for parents who were never married. No matter what the parental circumstances, a divorce attorney can examine the facts of the case and advise the parent on his or her rights under the law.
Source: Niles-Morton Grove Patch, "Parents Clash Over Baby Son's Custody," Pam DeFiglio, Dec. 18, 2012