Ft. Lauderdale Custody Case Shows Local Courts Must Approve Interstate Court Orders
Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) January 27, 2012 - A Florida man is planning to sue the City of Ft. Lauderdale over a child custody order from California that sent his daughter to the West Coast and back against his will and against the local police’s authority.
The police took the man’s child in September and the child’s mother took the girl to California. The man got courts on both coasts to agree that local police needed a Florida judge’s approval before taking the child.
“It’s important to know your rights as a parent in child custody cases,” said Brandon family law attorney Joshua Law. “If a parent is in a contentious custody battle, then he or she needs to understand the rules thoroughly.”
The man brought his daughter to Florida in 2007 while the girl’s mother was incarcerated. A California court ordered that the girl be returned to the West Coast. But the manner in which the police executed the California court’s order was inconsistent with the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act. The local court’s approval is needed before police take a child in a custody dispute to make sure the order is correct and legal.
“In every case involving a hotly contested custody agreement, there can be a chance that the other spouse will try and do something illegal to move the child across state lines or to separate the child from the other parent,” Law said. “Cases like this one feel like an abduction to the child and can cause serious emotional damage. A qualified legal team can help prevent these issues and enforce the court’s original order.”
Josh Law is an experienced family law attorney who helps clients enforce child custody agreements so they can spend time with their children. To learn more or to contact a Brandon child custody attorney or a Brandon divorce attorney, visit http://www.brandonlawoffice.com.
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