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Mother with history of mental illness violates custody agreement

When courts rule on a child custody case in Jefferson County, they look to the best interests of the child. Sometimes this does not align with a parent’s expectations, which can lead to emotional stress. However, it is always important for these parents to abide by court decisions, regardless of whether they agree with them, because violations of these orders can lead to serious consequences.

A Connecticut woman, whose family has stated has a dealt with mental illness in the past, violated her child custody agreement by keeping her three sons beyond her allotted visitation time. She also crossed state lines with them, taking them to Maine. Reports do not discuss the mother’s mental illness or whether she was considered a danger to her children. The boys were found safe about two-and-a-half hours after an Amber Alert was issued.

No details are provided regarding the woman’s motivations for taking her sons, although an attorney involved in the woman’s divorce stated that the custody battle was somewhat contentious. She had been granted visitation rights for her children, and the Amber Alert was only issued after the children’s father reported to police that the woman had failed to return the children to his care.

Violating court orders can have serious repercussions, including criminal charges and the elimination of a parent’s visitation rights. If you are having difficulty adapting to your visitation schedule, you should know that there are legal options available to you, such as requesting a child custody modification. Speaking with an attorney can help you review these options and determine whether they are viable pursuits.

Source:, “3 Conn. Children, mother sought in Amber Alert found safe in Maine,” May 13, 2014. 

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