In a recent child custody dispute, the parents of a 10-year-old boy attempted to take their child away from the child’s grandparents, who were acting as the child’s legal guardians. The incident took place at the Durant Multi-Sports Complex in Durant, Oklahoma. The incident is under police investigation, but reportedly, the father said that he was taking the child and told the child to run to the father’s truck.
Custody disputes such as this can be very difficult for a child to endure. Children need a stable and safe environment in which to grow and, at times, this means living not with their parents, but with their grandparents. This may especially be true if the child and the grandparents have a strong relationship and the grandparents are able to meet the child’s needs. Although the laws vary from state to state, when a child’s parents are unable to make parenting decisions that are in the child’s best interests, the court may appoint a guardian to perform this role. Grandparents or other close family members are oftentimes appointed as guardians.
In the end, it is important that the best interests of the child be upheld when it comes to child custody and guardianship arrangements. By working with a professional, grandparents may be able to gain a better understanding of their rights when it comes to their grandchild.