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Sonoma County custody case takes tragic turn

While many believe that separation and divorce may serve to cool tensions between married couples in Los Angeles, often the opposite is true. The same feelings may spill over into matters such as alimony, asset division and child custody. Such a scenario can be particularly troublesome in custody matters because it can affect the children involved. When tensions rise over custody disputes, the fear may become that one’s apparently misguided opinions of what may be best for his or her children (coupled with the negative emotions he or she may harbor towards his or her ex-spouse) may prompt something drastic.

Sadly, this notion has recently appeared to play out in a case involving a custody dispute in Sonoma County. A mother looking to pick up her two children from her estranged husband sought them at his residence at her arranged pickup time, but found them not to be there. The kids had spent Father’s Day with their dad and were scheduled to return home with the woman that evening. The woman contacted local law enforcement authorities about the custody violation. Officers were sent to the home the following morning, where they found the man as well as the children dead in an apparent case of murder-suicide. The couple were reported to have been involved in a long-standing custody dispute.

In many cases, parents are afforded equal time with their children as custody matters are decided. Yet if there is an inclination that one parent may be in a state that could endanger the kids’ safety, the other may feel justified in trying to limit or even prevent him or her from having access to them. Those who need assistance in such an endeavor may find it through the help of an attorney.

Source: WISH-TV “Dad in custody dispute kills self, 2 children after spending Father’s Day together” Cestone, Vince, June 20, 2017

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