One of the best ways to avoid arguments or problems caused by a child custody dispute is to retain legal representation from a licensed family law attorney as soon as possible. This can help ensure that your rights as a parent are protected, and the attorney uses any means available to help you maximize your custody time with your children.
Man is convicted of multiple murders related to a child custody dispute
A custody dispute that went wrong turned into a much more serious situation in the Charleston area. The suspect approached the victim’s mobile home in Ravenel while he was angry about the results of a custody hearing involving his 4 month old son. He began to argue with the occupants of the home, and he ended up killing a 55 year old woman, 8 year old girl, and a pregnant 29 year old woman. A medical examination revealed that the 29 year old was pregnant with twins, so the suspect was charged for killing five victims.
After the incident, police found the suspect driving away in a car that he stole from his girlfriend. They also believe he fired shots at her at some point during the altercation.
The 25 year old suspect will serve a life sentence for his guilty plea to five counts of murder. The identities of the victims were not released by police at the time of the news report.
How to get the best result after your custody hearing
Child custody hearings can be a difficult time for any parent because emotions are running high, and their ability to see their children may possibly be taken away. The two parents may become angry with each other due to the fact that prior issues with financial problems, unemployment, substance abuse, criminal records, and mental health are all fair game in determining who will be a better parent and receive primary custody. In rare cases such as the news story above, a disgruntled parent may resort to illegal activity if they feel they have been treated unfairly by the courts.
Preparing for this difficult time with a lawyer can help minimize the possibility that you will lose custody or deal with other serious issues such as crime.
Talk with an attorney to prepare for a hearing in the Greenville area
If you have an upcoming custody hearing, it is imperative that you get assistance from a lawyer and do not enter the courtroom alone. To speak with a child custody lawyer, contact:
870 Cleveland St., Suite 2D-A, Greenville, SC 29601