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Child custody case in Colorado crossed national borders

Last December, two Colorado fathers were unpleasantly surprised when their daughters, who share a mother, disappeared. The fathers realized something was wrong when the girls' mother failed to meet either of them for a child custody exchange. One of the girls is six years old and the other is four years old.

On December 5, 2014, the mother failed to show for the custody exchange of her older daughter. Investigators went to the mothers home shortly thereafter to find that she, her husband, and the two children had apparently left quickly and did not live in the home anymore. Then, on December 12, 2014, the mother failed to show for a custody exchange with the father of her younger daughter.

Sheriff's investigators worked tracking leads for seven months. The couple, along with the young girls, were then found in Cabo San Lucas. Mexican immigration authorities took them into custody and returned them to the Denver authorities. The children were returned to the custody of their fathers.

Child custody issues can be dicey when parents do not want to share their children, and it is no different if they flee within the United States or to another country to avoid the custody agreement decided on by the courts. Parents in Colorado who feel that a custody agreement is not fair or is not in the best interests of their children should follow legal avenues to challenge the decision. An attorney can help either parent attempt to modify a child custody order for more time for themselves or even for less time for another parent who may not have the children's best interests at heart.

Source: kdvr.com, "Two missing Colorado girls found safe in Mexico; mother, step father arrested", Chuck Hickey and Rob Low, July 9, 2015

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