When people face the end of their marriage, they must work out several different issues in order to obtain dissolution of that marriage from the court. Few if any of these issues are more emotionally charged and potentially difficult than that of child custody. When this issue arises and custody is contested, the parent who is not awarded primary custody can face a difficult emotional struggle as a result.
One recent situation helps to illustrate this point. At approximately 11 p.m. on Saturday night in El Cajon, an unidentified 28-year-old man arrived at the home of a couple that was babysitting his nine-year-old son. He did not have custody of the child and demanded to see him. When the people who were watching the boy refused to allow access, the man pulled out a gun, discharged two rounds and took the boy with him.
The man returned the son to his mother on Sunday morning unharmed, but the initial legal harm had already been done. He was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, kidnapping, burglary, child cruelty, assault with a firearm and illegal discharge of a firearm. Clearly, these are very serious criminal charges to face, and if the suspect is ultimately convicted he could face a prolonged period of incarceration.
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Unfortunately, this suspect could wind up paying a heavy price for simply wanting to spend some time with his son. While more details would be needed to fully understand why this situation took place, it’s possible that the man simply did not have his position presented to the court such that he was provided with more rights regarding custody and/or visitation.
If you face this situation, do not take the law into your own hands. Instead, seek the help of San Diego child custody lawyers who understand how to fight for the rights of a father who deserves to spend quality time with his children. Contact the Men’s Legal Center today to obtain a thorough review of your legal rights and options.