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Texas sisters violate child custody order, face criminal charges

Sometimes, when child custody arrangements are strained between parents, one party will rely heavily on other family members for support. This is generally a good thing, but sometimes parents act on bad advice from a family member or friend and end up risking their own parental rights.

Two Texas sisters and another woman are in legal hot water over what authorities say was an interference with a child custody order. The sisters are accused of the very serious crime of conspiring to commit aggravated kidnapping, and the third woman is accused of wiring money to the other two while they were on the run.

In 2012, when one of the sisters divorced her husband, she was ordered to give up custody of her two children to their father, who lives in Williamson County.

But rather than complying with the court order, the mother and her sister fled with the kids to Mexico. The mother is believed to have called the father and told him that he would never see his children again.

Warrants were issued for the women's arrest, as well as for the arrest of the third woman accused of sending the sisters money.

The tragedy in this type of custody dispute is many-layered, but the saddest aspect is always the effect the dispute has on the children. Parents who disagree with a child custody order must go through the proper legal channels to achieve a proper modification. These modifications do happen, and no parent should circumvent those channels, as doing so can harm all parties involved.

Source: statesman.com, "Women face kidnapping charges in child custody case," Claire Osborn, May 15, 2013

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