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Woman and ex-boyfriend embroiled in child custody dispute

As many Florida residents know, divorces that involve children can be exceedingly difficult to settle. Recently, a woman in an out-of-state child custody case requested that a court make a decision in regards to parenting responsibilities that concerned her 2-year-old daughter. However, the woman is also facing an impending ruling by a high court that might result in her spending significant time behind bars.

Last fall, the woman was sentenced to a year and a half in prison after being found guilty on two counts of manslaughter as well as leaving the scene of an accident in relation to a car wreck that caused the deaths of two teens in January 2012. While the woman is appealing this decision, her ex-boyfriend, an active-duty Marine, has asked in a counterclaim for sole custody of their daughter. The man contends that his ex-girlfriend might spend up to 18 months in jail if the appeal is denied. 

The woman's attorney, who also defended her during her criminal trial, opposed this move. Thus, a mediation conference was set up for October. It is currently unknown, in the case her appeal is denied, whether or not the custody case will have any sort of bearing on her sentence.

Although most parents going through a divorce and debating child custody in Florida agree that they only want what is best for their children, many disagree as to the best way to accomplish this goal. When the parents are in disagreement about custody arrangements, they often consult an experienced family law attorney to best represent their respective interests. This way, a solution that is amenable to both parties and has the interest of the children at its core can be arranged.

Source: sunjournal.com, "Lowe, ex-boyfriend in child custody battle", Christopher Crosby, Aug. 13, 2015

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