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Custody disputes can escalate into dangerous scenarios

It likely comes as no surprise to most California residents that parents do not always get along. However, some issues could be more serious than others, and even parents who are not married can feel especially combative when it comes to child custody. Unfortunately, some custody disputes can escalate into dangerous situations.

California residents may be interested in such an incident that recently took place in another state. Reports indicated that a shooting event took place at a woman's home when her great-nephew's ex-girlfriend came to pick up the former couple's child. However, the woman did not come alone and, in fact, reportedly showed up with multiple armed men. One of the men wanted to talk to the child's father, but instead, the father went into the house.

As a result, shots were fired. Luckily, no one was injured in the incident. Though police arrived at the scene, the child's mother and two men evaded authorities. The report did not state whether the mother and father have a formal custody arrangement in place or whether any terms dictated how custody exchanges should be handled.

Because custody disputes can turn into nasty events for parents who do not get along, having a formal custody arrangement in place could help avoid such situations. The terms in the agreements can determine who should have custody when and how exchanges should take place. California parents who are in need of such agreements may wish to speak with knowledgeable attorneys regarding their options and best courses of action.

Source:, "Dispute between father, mother over child custody leads to shooting in SE Houston, police say", Jake Reiner, Dec. 1, 2017

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