On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in child custody on Thursday, June 4, 2020.

Missouri parents have had a lot on their minds lately. Prolonged closures have burdened many households with serious issues like unemployment or a dangerous living situation. Though it may be especially difficult to think clearly right now, parents must remember that child custody orders are legally binding, and violating a child custody order in any way can have serious legal consequences. 

Law enforcement officials give top priority to child custody matters. Recently, police issued an AMBER Alert when the non-custodial father of a three-year-old child went missing, allegedly with his child. According to reports, the man may have been suffering from mental health issues when he attempted to escape with the child. 

Fortunately, police caught up with the father a short time later, and his daughter was reportedly unharmed, though likely shaken by the events of the day. Even though the father took his own child, by doing so, he violated an existing child custody order. He was arrested, and charges have not yet been announced. 

Child custody orders are put in place to protect what a court has deemed to be in the best interest of the child. If a Missouri parent needs information or assistance pertaining to child custody, contacting an attorney may be a good start. An attorney can help a client establish, modify or enforce a child custody order. Even in stressful situations, custodial parents can count on the courts to protect their children. An attorney can also help a non-custodial client start a petition to modify an existing order, helping the client achieve his or her parenting goal without breaking the law.