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Man convicted, woman faces charges for parental kidnapping

When it comes to child custody arrangements, it's wise to follow court orders unless there is a dire emergency. For example, you'd never take your child away from your ex and hide him or her unless you knew your child was in significant danger. Doing so could land you in hot water with the courts and even threaten your custody rights.

This case doesn't take place in North Carolina, but the situation could happen to parents there. In a case reported on March 22, a man was convicted for international parental kidnapping and conspiracy. The news reports that the man drove a woman and her 7-year-old child to the Canadian border so they could fly out of the country to Nicaragua. He also helped the woman set up living arrangements for them in the new country. The child, 14, and the woman have not been seen in the United States since the events in 2009.

The man claimed he didn't intend to obstruct the woman's partner's parental rights when he helped her flee the country. The woman had been in a same-sex relationship but converted to evangelical Christianity after dissolving the civil union. The woman who fled had her daughter during the civil union, and both women acted as the child's parents.

Later on, the couple separated, and the woman who fled had primary custody. The other woman had visitation rights. The mother of the child fled with her when she would not grant visitation to her ex and found the court was ready to transfer custody to the other woman. The girl's mother is also charged in this case, as are two other co-conspirators.

Source: WRCBTV, "Man in same-sex child custody case gets 3 years in prison," March 22, 2017

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