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What are the signs of flight risks in a child custody case?

On Behalf of | Apr 29, 2024 | Divorce & Family Law

Some child custody cases are straightforward, while others can have complications that require additional protective measures from the court and the involved parties. When addressing these matters, it is essential to prioritize the child’s best interests and parental rights, which can be challenging under specific circumstances.

The same goes for parents who show signs that they might flee with their children. Noticing these tendencies early can be more beneficial than waiting for a parental abduction incident. These signs can be more subtle than others, including the following:

  • The parent explicitly expressed intentions to take away the child from the other party.
  • The parent is exhibiting behavior or activities that can be forms of preparation to flee with the child, such as cutting financial and employment ties within the states.
  • The parent’s financial decisions are suspicious, such as liquidating considerable assets or withdrawing significant amounts of money from their accounts.
  • The parent has strong ties abroad or out of state, which can make fleeing with the child easy for them to do.
  • The parent’s conduct and behavior show signs of mental or emotional instability, which can cause them to truly believe that taking the child away is the appropriate course of action.

Preventative measures could help address these risks and allow the child to continue spending time with both parents. However, depending on the situation, some cases may require more strict arrangements.

Meeting the child’s needs

In high-risk child custody scenarios, the court often becomes the child’s advocate, creating arrangements and deciding based on the child’s best interests. Additionally, the court is responsible for determining if the case involves components that can risk the child’s safety and overall welfare. In these instances, having adequate legal guidance could be vital for all parties involved, especially if the child custody and visitation setup may require further modifications over time.