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June 2013 Archives

Child custody dispute results in mother's arrest as a fugitive

A woman that took her child across state lines in violation of a California Superior Court ruling has been located and arrested. The violation of the order and contempt of court warrants were issued on June 10, and reportedly arose from a dispute in a child custody matter. The mother and child were located in another state where she was taken into custody pending extradition back to California. The child is in the custody of the Department of Health and Human Services in that state, and will be transported back to California as soon as possible.

Some California custody cases influenced by international laws

Courts in California and other states across the country are faced with deciding just how much influence a biological parent's cultural heritage and the laws applicable to that heritage should have when deciding matters of child custody. In the majority of cases, the courts have been asked to consider Sharia law, or Islamic law, when deciding cases of Muslim family issues such as custody and visitation. As more cases are filed seeking the courts consideration of international laws that affect family decisions, this issue is sure to become more and more complicated.