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Child custody battle ends in tragedy

Any Kansas parent currently facing problems relating to divorce, custody or support issues should know that there are many support networks in place to assist them in all capacities, especially concerning litigation. Some parents misguidedly believe they must go it alone and wind up feeling overwhelmed and helpless when serious child custody problems arise. A tragedy that recently occurred in another state emphasizes the point.  

The situation involved a young mother and her 7-year-old son. The mother happens to have formerly worked as a Playboy model. Sadly, the woman was also engaged in a contentious custody battle with her son's biological father. The court recently denied her request to take her child to Europe over the summer. That situation led to tragedy when the mother and her son plummeted 23 floors from a hotel suite to their deaths; authorities believe the situation is suicide-related.  

It is not known whether the mother was holding her son when they fell. Investigators have also not determined whether or not the child stepped off the balcony on his own or was pushed. His mother had gone through other legal problems in the past regarding a case where she was awarded more than $1 million against New York police officers for using excessive aggression against her in a particular incident.

Thankfully, most child custody situations in Kansas (or elsewhere) do not end in the deaths of those involved. In fact, many parents are able to secure agreeable outcomes, especially those who rely on experienced legal representation in court. There is help available for those suffering suicidal tendencies, and there is also legal help available for parents facing problems related to divorce issues, such as custody, visitation, alimony or child support.

Source: NBC New York, "Former Playboy Centerfold and 7-Year-Old Son Die in Jump From Window of 29-Story Midtown Hotel, Sources Say", Marc Santia, Jonathan Dienst, Roseanne Colletti, May 18, 2018

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