Child custody is an emotional thing to process and can be very difficult to discuss. Colorado parents going through a divorce have most likely found how trying a custody dispute can be, but there are some who will go to extremes to ensure their custody requests are met. One woman is making national headlines recently due to her conviction of bribing a 380th District Court judge in her custody case.
The convicted woman was sentenced to 30 days in jail and 10 years of probation along with a $10,000 fine. She was found guilty of giving inappropriate amounts of money to this judge's campaign in 2008, and charged with eight felonies, including bribery, organized criminal activity, and money laundering. It is reported that she and her husband were conspiring together in this bribery. The woman has been convicted and the judge forced to resign. Her husband and the judge's campaign manager are to be tried in the coming months.
The thought of losing your kids is terrifying and can drive you to do things you wouldn't normally do. Keeping the children's best interests in mind and practicing being civil for their sake can help you and your spouse or ex-spouse to come up with an acceptable plan or schedule for the children. If there isn't a common ground found between you both, knowing your boundaries, and documenting your time with and support for the kids can help your case as you enter into a legal action regarding your custody.
The lengths a parent will go to for their children sometimes are unimaginable, but this extreme has now worsened the situations for the adults in this case as parents. Understanding the laws surrounding child custody in Colorado can help you request and achieve an arrangement you're comfortable with. Working with a family law attorney can help you receive an appropriate agreement that all parties involved are comfortable with.
Source: Denver Post, "Dallas-area woman gets 30 days for bribing judge," The Associated Press, Oct. 12, 2012