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Alleged kidnapping could lead to child custody dispute

As many Massachusetts residents know, interference with the custody of a child is a very serious issue. Though a biological parent may feel they have certain rights, he or she is not allowed to take a child away from a custodial parent if legal documents prevent it or if there are other extenuating circumstances. Child custody is often a very tense issue, and a parent may make rash decisions when it comes to their children. Nevertheless, rash or well-thought out parental choices that violate custody terms could leave parents facing severe consequences.

An alleged kidnapping in a nearby state could be based in an unwise decision made by a man claiming to be the victim's biological father. According to reports, a young girl was abducted but recently reunited with her mother after being spotted at a gas station with the male suspect. The girl's mother has stated that he is not the girl's biological parent, though they did live with him at one time.

The man claims that he has documentation to prove that he is the father of the girl, which could have potential for acting as beneficial evidence in court. Until that time, the man will be facing charges of interference of child custody and kidnapping, among others. The accused maintains his innocence in the situation and is prepared to present a defense.

If the man is able to provide evidence that he is the girl's biological father, a complicated child custody situation could arise. He may wish to have more participation in the girl's life, and may need legal agreements in order to have that opportunity should the girl's mother not wish for such a situation. The man, and others in similar situations, may find information on Massachusetts child custody laws beneficial in determining whether he could be entitled to visitation or other custodial rights.

Source: watertowndailytimes.com, Norwood pair to be extradited to Pennsylvania on kidnapping charges, W.T. Eckert, Sept. 17, 2013

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