Child custody disputes can be gut-wrenching to go through. Not only can there be a contentious spouse to deal with, but the well-being of the children may often hang in the balance. In some cases, other family members may feel that they need to interfere on behalf of the children. Fortunately, some provisions in the law do exist in Arizona and elsewhere, to allow relatives to become involved in a child custody dispute.
Such a case is currently making its way through the New Jersey court system. The tragic case began when the mother of two young sons was murdered. She was allegedly the victim of a conspiracy that involved her husband and an accomplice.
Currently, the children are staying with their father's parents. However, the mother's family is asking the court to give them custody. They believe that the children are being subjected to emotional and psychological harm. Allegedly, one of the children believed that if he left his seat at a memorial service held for his mother, he would be killed.
The judge in the case has scheduled a hearing for Oct. 24. However, he has already ruled that the children must be allowed to visit their mother's family on weekends. The family will request full custody at the scheduled hearing.
Normally, a court gives either the mother or father preference in a child custody dispute. In certain situations, though, a court has to look beyond the parents for the well-being of the children. Arizona grandparents, or other relatives fearing for the safety of the children involved in a child custody dispute, may benefit from time spent with an experienced family law attorney. An attorney may be able to assist with navigating the often intimidating court system -- and fight for a fair result.
Source: The Star-Ledger, "Family of Boonton slaying victim fights for custody of her two sons," Ben Horowitz, Oct. 5, 2011