When your child is in his mom's or dad's care, you want him to stay safe. Finding out that your ex got behind the wheel drunk with your child is a shocking revelation, and one that is sure to send you straight to your attorney over custody concerns. You have every right to want to protect your children, and cases like that deserve a second look from the courts.
This case involving a mother who was involved in a DUI crash has resulted in the father pushing for new child custody laws. The Dec. 14 news reported that the mother of two young boys had been involved in a DUI-related crash while the boys were in the vehicle, resulting in their deaths. She now faces two counts of DUI manslaughter.
She had seven children in her vehicle at the time, and her blood alcohol concentration was nearly double the legal limit. What is most painful to the father is that his children weren't supposed to be with her in Florida. She had taken them from Michigan, where he had been awarded custody, and fled.
The father is now fighting to make sure courts don't allow cases in both states to be ongoing at the same time; he had one case in Michigan and another in Florida since both states had jurisdiction.
This is a complicated case, but if yours crosses state borders, it could be similar to yours. You have the right to understand the facts about your case and what could happen if two states become involved in custody arrangements.
Source: News 4 JAX, "Father of 2 boys killed in DUI crash pushes for new custody laws," Jenese Harris, Dec. 14, 2016