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Custody battle for children taken from Texas still complicated

Probably one of the most difficult aspects of going through a divorce is resolving child custody disputes, especially given the fact that some parents have a difficult time putting their own interests aside and focusing on the best interests of their child. This means that sometimes the court needs to step in and make the decision for them.

However, even after child custody is determined, issues may still arise when one parent takes matters into his or her own hands and violates a custody order. Sadly, this is exactly what happened in 2008 when two girls were taken from Texas to Russia by their Russian-born mother, even though the father had been awarded primary custody.

This incident occurred when the mother picked the two girls up for a weekend visit in the spring of 2008. Given that the mother was granted some visitation rights following her divorce from the father, this weekend trip wasn’t necessarily out of the ordinary.

Unfortunately, instead of returning with the girls a few days later as expected, the mother fled to Russia with the girls in tow. And, even though the father was awarded primary custody and both of the girls were born in Texas, the father’s attempts to regain custody of the two girls have been largely ineffective.

But, the recent death of the girls’ mother in Russia has reignited hope that the Russian courts will return the girls to their father in U.S. Regrettably for the father, however, the grandmother of the girls has gone into hiding with the girls in Russia, thus further complicating matters for the father. Even with this most recent turn of events though, the paternal family of the girls still have hope that this matter will soon come to an end and the father will be reunited with his children.

Source: Longview News-Journal, “Grandfather hopeful for return of granddaughters from Russia,” Angela Ward, July 6, 2013

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