Custody of 19-month old El Paso child could be up for debate

Some of our readers here in Tarrant might be following the story of an El Paso couple who recently lost custody of their 19-month-old son when they were both arrested in Michigan back in November. According to police, the 20-year-old mother was arrested on a probation violation while the 22-year-old father was arrested on a military charge, which forced Michigan’s Child Protective Services to step in and take custody of the child.

Recently though it was announced that the child would be transferred back to Texas where he will be in the protective custody of The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services until foster care can be arranged. According to reports though, this could create a conflict between the government agency and the boy’s parents who want their son to be taken care of by family members. This could turn into a troubling predicament for the parents who might want to regain child custody pending the outcome of their criminal cases, especially because they may have to navigate the family courts in order to achieve this.

As some of our readers know, family law issues can come in all shapes and sizes.  From complicated adoptions to foster care issues such as the one above, parents here in Texas often rely on the help of a skilled attorney in order to make sense of the confusion associated with such legal issues and come to a resolution in the end.  Although it’s unclear if the parents in this case have sought legal representation for their own case, it’s worth noting that it might be needed if they want to gain custody of their son again.  In the end though it will be up to the courts to decide what is in the best interest of the child.

Source: The El Paso Times, “Farrey toddler to be returned to Texas foster care,” Aaron Bracamontes, Dec. 11, 2013