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Child Custody, Family Law

On April 20, 2017, an article was published in Pennlive about a mother wanted for failing to return her son to his father on Easter Sunday. (you can read the article here) The mother was wanted on the charge of interfering with the custody of a child.  This charge could be a third degree felony! Under 18 Pa.C.S.A. 2904, “a person commits an offense if he knowingly or recklessly takes or entices any child under the age of 18 years from the custody of its parent, guardian, or other lawful custodian.”

In the case in the article, the Mother and Father had a custody order in place with the Court system outlining a custodial schedule for the Child.  While it is extremely uncommon in Central PA for the police to bring charges against one parent for failing to follow a custody Order, it is absolutely possible under this statute and can become a reality as evidenced by the charges brought against this mother from Pottsville.  The attorneys at Sommer & O’Donnell are available to help guide and counsel you through the often emotionally tough custody battles with your child’s other parent so that something like this doesn’t happen to you.  Give us a call for a consultation today.