Grandparents v. mother custody dispute stretches across borders

By June 8, 2011 May 20th, 2016 Child Custody

On behalf of The Marks Law Firm, L.L.C. posted in Child Custody on Wednesday, June 8, 2011

A couple that took the law into their own hands faces serious legal charges in a child custody dispute that ranges all the way from Florida to a Walmart parking lot in Canada.

The case involves a set of American grandparents who took their two grandchildren from Florida and fled nearly 2,000 miles to Estevan, a Canadian town just 20 miles past the border with North Dakota. There they camped out for a couple of weeks in a Walmart parking lot before the grandparents were arrested and held for a deportation hearing.

If they’re deported to Florida, they’ll face charges of concealing minors contrary to a court order.

The grandparents, both in their 60s, had custody of the kids for the past five years while the children’s mother was “in and out of jail,” according to a report in the Calgary Herald.

However, a family law judge recently ruled that the 33-year-old mother in Panama City, Fla., was to get custody of her 12-year-old daughter and nine-year-old son.

The grandparents were ordered by the judge to turn the children over to the mother on May 20. When that didn’t happen, the mother filed a complaint with police in Florida.

A sheriff’s department spokesperson told the newspaper that law enforcement officials had information that the grandparents would head to Canada with the children.

The grandparents and kids had been in a camper in the store parking lot since May 21, officials said.

The grandparents also face charges in Canada after allegedly threatening authorities there regarding the custody of the children.

Source: Calgary Herald: “Missing Florida children found with grandparents at Saskatchewan Walmart” by Barb Pacholik: June 3, 2011