When the post-divorce relationship between divorced parents has become strained, and they have no parenting or visitation plan in place, the holidays are likely to present problems. This is one time of the year when both parents wish to spend time with their children. The same is true when a court has removed children from the care of a parent. It is, therefore, not uncommon for non-custodial parents in Arizona and elsewhere to do whatever it takes to gain access to children who are with the person who has child custody during the holidays.
A father in another state recently abducted his children from their guardian. The children had been previously removed from his custody by the family court as a result of a history of child neglect, abuse and addiction. An Amber Alert was announced, and the father decided to make use of bus transport. However, the bus driver had heard the details of the Amber Alert on the radio and inconspicuously called his control room. He told the dispatcher that he recognized the children on his bus who matched the description provided on the Amber Alert.
The dispatcher contacted the police who instructed the bus driver to stall and take his time. The driver used various tactics to prolong the trip without raising the suspicion of the children’s father. The bus was eventually pulled over by the police, and the father was taken into custody. The children were placed in the care of police.
Custodial parents or guardians in Arizona, who suspect that a non-custodial parent may plan to remove the children from their custody, may find comfort in knowing that there are methods to protect themselves and their children. They may benefit from a consultation with our Phoenix divorce lawyers to learn about the available options, which may include protection orders. Family courts will always consider the safety and best interests of the children.
Source: syracuse.com, “Bus driver credited with helping catch Amber Alert suspect”, Jacob Pucci, Dec. 25, 2014