If there is one thing that courts take extremely seriously when it comes to family law, it is the well-being and best interests of a child. If courts feel at any time that the best interests of a child are not being prioritized, or that the child is being endangered by unfit parenting, then legal action will be taken in order to ensure that the child is placed in a safe and supportive home.
Unfortunately, this can lead to many difficult custody battles between parents who love their children and desperately want to continue to care for them, even when the courts feel as though such parents are mentally or physically incapable of providing the care that the child needs. A Michigan woman is currently facing such a situation, wherein she allegedly fled with her daughter while suffering from paranoia and delusions.
According to reports, the Michigan woman was reportedly suffering from paranoid delusions when she fled to her mother's house in Florida. Most alarming were allegations that the woman made the trip with her daughter and a convicted sex offender. The woman claims that she did not know of the man's criminal history, and that she would never have traveled with him if she had known, but this has not stopped Child Protective Services from attempting to prove the woman is an unfit parent.
It is important not to view CPS as the enemy at any time, even though it can be frustrating and angering to hear that they are attempting to take custody of your child. CPS simply does what it believes is best, and there is nothing wrong with that. However, if CPS does attempt to take custody of your child at any time, it is up to you to prove them wrong and demonstrate to the courts that you are the best parent to take care of your child. An attorney can help you build your case to prove your parenting skills.
Source: Livingston Daily, "Ex-missing mom heads to trial to keep child she fled with," Lisa Roose-Church, May 27, 2016