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Child custody dispute escalates to gun violence

In a state as populous as California, many residents are all too familiar with the sort of stress and strife that can stem from attempting to co-parent children who have parents that maintain separate households. Child custody can be one of the most personal and emotional situations to work out in a court of law. A child custody order is meant to assure that the needs and best interest of any children involved are served. 

Sometimes, when parties have no clear court order regarding child custody, or perhaps one or both parties finds it difficult to abide by an order, the situation can become dangerous to the mutual children. Recently, a California man allowed his anger toward the mother of his child to take priority over the safety of his child. For reasons that are still unclear, the man, who reportedly had custody of his 4-year-old son, spotted the vehicle being driven by the child's mother. He proceeded to follow the vehicle around the city of Watsonville, where both parents live. 

The situation became life-threatening when the man proceeded to fire a gun at his ex-girlfriend's car. The terrified woman was unsure whether the child was in the man's vehicle at the time of the shooting. Police caught up with the father at his residence, and upon hearing the voice of a man and a small child inside, called in a special response team. The child was safe inside the residence, but due to the violent and dangerous nature of the father's actions, he was placed under arrest and the child was placed into the care of his mother. 

Whenever a parental relationship takes a turn for the worse, parents can find themselves blinded by anger. In these situations, it can seem almost impossible for them to make responsible decisions for their children. Many times, it can be useful to enlist the help of an attorney that specializes in child custody. They may be able to help ensure that a court order that puts the children's safety and well-being first is put into place before disaster strikes. 

Source: Watsonville CA Patch, "Man Who Shot At Girlfriend's Car, Fled With Son Arrested: Cops", May 9, 2018

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