Kansas parents who disagree regarding where their children should reside, either in divorce or as never-before married parents, may relate to a current situation as it unfolds in another state. The mother and father of a 4-year-old boy are engaged in a highly acrimonious child custody battle. The situation has escalated to the point that a judge has repeatedly ordered the father to return his son to the mother.
The judge also says that, as soon as the man arrives at the court-ordered location with his son, he will then be arrested for contempt of court. Although the man was previously granted custody of his child, he was ordered to return from another state to which he and the boy had traveled, and he apparently did not comply. The man gained custody of his son after the boy's mother admitted that she had used methamphetamine drugs.
At some point, the mother went to the father's location to get her son back. However, she was not successful as the father had filed a petition in court regarding which court should have jurisdiction over the case. The petition made it possible for him to retain custody at the time while the courts sort the matter out.
The father has accused the mother of physically abusing their son. In fact, he says he has had to seek counseling for his child to help him overcome the negative effects of the time he had previously spent with his mother. As it stands, the judge who has ordered his return says that, not only will the father be arrested at the airport, he will have to post a $20,000 bond to secure his release from jail. Anyone in Kansas facing problem child custody situations may want to seek immediate support from an experienced family law attorney who can help protect parental rights and a child's best interests.