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Children in child custody fight retrieved by U.S. officers

Two children were recently escorted off of an out of state American Indian reservation by officers of the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs. The children's grandmother brought them there during a child custody dispute. The federal government intervened in the clash that involved state as well as tribal courts. When child custody disputes arise in Florida, the individuals involved sometimes seek to discuss their situation with divorce attorneys to discuss their options.

On November 21st, one of the officers detained the grandmother of the children, who was on the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation. Meanwhile, another officer retrieved the children and drove them to the reservation's border where they were turned over to their father. The officers were serving a warrant from a court located in a different state where the father of the children lives.  

The grandmother had picked up her grandchildren in late September and then took refuge on the reservation. She believed to be out of the jurisdiction of orders imposed by the state court and that a tribal court order, which gave her daughter custody, would protect her. A Montana judge awarded the children's father temporary custody in 2014 because their mother could not care for them due to an addiction as well as legal problems.

Although some couples may not agree on all aspects of a divorce, almost all parents in Florida agree that they want to do what is best for their children. Frequently, parents may disagree as to the best way they can accomplish this goal. When this occurs and the parents cannot come to an agreement on the child custody arrangements, sometimes they consult an experienced attorney who can represent the individuals' best interests.

Source: flatheadbeacon.com, "U.S. officers take kids off reservation amid custody fight", Amy Beth Hanson, Dec. 1, 2015

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