Thankfully, the little girl that was taken by her mother last week has been found and is in good health. In fact, she was found within the same day that the Amber Alert was issued. Reportedly, when Child Protective Services arrived at the Texas home of the mother of the 11-year-old little girl, the mother attempted to prevent the removal of her daughter by fleeing after trying to hit a Child Protective Services worker with her vehicle.
According to a local report, the mother is a confirmed user of drugs, so it was in the best interest of the little girl to be removed to a more stable and safer environment. The grandparents of the little girl urged media outlets to continue showing her picture to ensure her safe recovery. Thankfully, these efforts were successful.
It is not just addicts that can lose custody of a child. Losing custody of a child, regardless of the reason, can be utterly devastating. This devastation can drive some, like the mother of this little girl from Texas, to desperate, dangerous and illegal actions. However, in order to fight to maintain parental rights and visitation, it is imperative to do so through legal manners.
Additionally, there are some reasons for which the terms of a divorce decree as it relates to child custody can be modified. Most typically, these modifications will occur when an ex-spouse remarries or relocates, has a significant adjustment in income or the child in question becomes a legal adult.
Save instances in which a parent is abusing a substance or the child, it would be difficult to say that there is a situation in which it can be universally applied that a child should be moved, or conversely that a child should not be moved. Each situation is unique and the best interest of the child is of paramount importance first and foremost. Therefore, it is important to retain experienced legal counsel when fighting to ensure the best outcome for a child in Texas.
Source: The Dallas Morning News, "Update: Trinity County authorities have found 11-year-old girl abducted by mother, 'and she is safe,'" Robert Wilonsky, Nov. 20, 2012
- For more information about modify an existing child custody arrangement, please visit our Houston child custody and visitation page.