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Mother and child stranded in Brazil due to custody case

Georgia residents might be interested to learn of a mother and her six year old daughter that have been stranded in Brazil after a child custody dispute. The Massachusetts mother had received sole custody of her daughter after ending her marriage to the girl's father in 2009. The mother had the intentions of bringing the girl to see her father in Brazil so that the two could reconnect. She wanted the father to get parenting time with his daughter.

A Brazilian judge had refused to grant the man sole custody of the girl. However, the judge ordered police to confiscate the passports of the mother and daughter. The couple is not allowed to get their passports back until the father has had a chance to visit with the daughter. The mother has reportedly refused to allow visitation due to the circumstances. U.S. officials are currently doing their best to alleviate the situation.

Divorce can be difficult for families, especially when they live in different areas, and both parents want to retain their relationship with their children. Child custody disputes are difficult for children to understand. The best interests of the child must be a top priority. The health, safety and protection of the children should be at the forefront of any decisions that are made regarding child custody.

It is difficult to make sound decisions when you are going through a divorce. You may be worried about your children, work and the changes that you will have to make in your life. Emotions may run high, but you must keep your composure and make the correct decisions. An attorney that has experience with family law matters is a great resource for families going through a divorce. An attorney may be able to help you and your family work through situations like this.

Source: USA Today, "Custody case strands Mass. mom, child in Brazil", July 05, 2013