There are many parents in Missouri who are currently facing serious challenges regarding their parental rights. Many of these situations have arisen due to disagreements between former spouses. While it is often possible to resolve child custody issues through amicable negotiation, sometimes things get out of hand and problems become greatly exacerbated as one particular situation in another state shows.
The mother of a young boy is fighting to have her son returned to the United States. The international incident unfolded when she allowed her son to visit his biological father overseas. The woman said she never dreamed the child's father would try to permanently keep him, but that is exactly what has happened.
Apparently, the father of the boy had a Maltese court rule that the child could remain with his father due to the fact that he was supposedly not being given enough opportunity to socialize in the United States since he was home-schooled. This happens to be a common myth associated with this style of education. The mother, however, says she teaches her son at home because he has Autism.
There is an existing child custody agreement that required the mother to allow her son to travel for visits with his father. An advocate from a non-profit parental network said that more than 1,000 children are unlawfully removed from the United States in similar situations every year. The boy's mother says she feels quite betrayed but is going to fight to get her son back. Any parent in Missouri who wishes to address a violation of an existing court order may do so by contacting an experienced family law attorney.
Source: wtov9.com, "Target 9 investigation: Monroe County mother fighting to get her son back", David Singer, Accessed on March 21, 2017