Coloradans know custody disputes are rarely easy to go through. The idea of having to defend your abilities and rights as a parent is so jarring to so many already that it can be near-devastating if your child is indeed placed in the hands of someone else. For one woman, the custody proceedings didn’t end with her son being placed in someone else’s hands but rather taken, by his grandparents.

This young boy was listed as a missing person for many years after his grandparents fled from his home with him and moved elsewhere in order to keep him from living with his mother. The mother had been granted temporary custody of her son to see if she could indeed care for him on her own. His grandparents, her ex-parents-in-law, reportedly took him directly after the last court hearing and she hasn’t seen him since. Only recently was he identified and his mother notified that her son, 19 years later, had been found in another state.

Such a traumatic ordeal to go through for all parties involved. Custody battles can wear on the children just as much as the kids, but when dealing with children so young – the boy was 5 years old at the time of the hearings – it can be difficult to know what is best. The boy is now a young man with a family of his own and his mother is said to hope to be able to communicate with him sometime soon.

Colorado residents who have gone through the tough time of having to decide a custody arrangement likely know how emotional it can get. For those parents who have been struggling to fully represent their abilities as parents, working with an attorney who knows this field well might be a good measure to take. Understanding the full inner-workings of a custody hearing could prove beneficial to a parent seeking a form of custody that is contested.

Source: startribune.com, “After 19 years, Indiana mother finds her son in Long Prairie,” Mary Lynn Smith, Jan. 12, 2013

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