Any parent in Kansas who believes a former spouse is a danger to a child can take immediate action to provide evidence to appropriate officials. During child custody proceedings, however, it is never okay to take matters into one's own hands so as to violate the law. A mother in another state has learned this lesson the hard way; thankfully, the judge in charge of the case sentenced her to four years of probation instead of prison.
The situation unfolded when the mother took her infant son to another country in 2013. The problem was she did not first seek the court's permission to do so and was engaged in custody proceedings at the time. She did not return to the United States with her son until 2016.
When she brought the child back, she was arrested at an airport in Hawaii. She has not been permitted to see her child since then. The judge presiding over her case recently allowed her to enter a no contest plea so she can avoid a jail sentence. She now awaits a family court ruling to determine whether she will be allowed to see her son again.
The mother in this particular case now says she knows what she did was wrong, but she felt it was the best option to keep her son safe. This situation is an example of additional problems that can arise if a parent violates an existing court order or child custody law. To avoid such problems in this state, it is often best to rely on the experienced guidance of a Kansas family law attorney.
Source: hawaiinewsnow.com, "Woman who fled to Japan with son amid custody battle avoids jail time", Mahealani Richardson, Dec. 14, 2017