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Child custody dispute leads to nationwide alert for missing girl

Disputes during or after a divorce are not unusual. Child custody issues, in particular, can often lead to bitter arguments in court, or in a law office. In rare cases, things can get nearly out of hand, as was the case with a mother who ended up being arrested for abduction in southern Ontario recently.

A mother and the father of her daughter were scheduled to attend a custody hearing on Dec. 2. The mother did not appear at the hearing, and the court issued an order that the girl be returned to her father. An Amber Alert was released that day, and a warrant for the 38-year-old woman's arrest was distributed across Canada. The woman and the child were found early on Dec. 12 in Hamilton. The woman has been charged with abduction in contravention of a custody order.

The alleged abduction was apparently the result of an ongoing and heated custody battle between the two parents. The mother is the girl's primary caregiver, but the conflict over her custody has been reportedly going on for three years. The woman's father issued a plea for her to return on Dec. 11, in which he revealed that she feels she has not been treated fairly by the system.

No doubt both parties feel they are in the right in this situation. The truth is that in many child custody battles, the one suffering the most is the child caught in the middle. Any mother or father who is experiencing a child custody issue, whether a simple dispute or a more complex issue, should look to a family law attorney for assistance. A lawyer with years of experience with Ontario family law may be able to help resolve matters in a rational and expedient manner.


Source:, "Missing girl and her mother have been located in Hamilton", Dec. 12, 2016

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