Mother pursues child custody dispute from behind bars

In the event that biological parents are unable to care for their children, they typically have the option of placing their kids in the custody of another person. And while such arrangements may be legal in Utah, it’s not entirely uncommon for child custody disputes to arise after legal custody is transferred. However, it is less common for such disputes to play out from jail. One recent child custody dispute illustrates how some family law issues are presented when parents are incarcerated.

According to the biological mother involved in the child custody dispute in San Diego, California, she requested that her newborn baby girl be placed with an acquaintance shortly after giving birth in jail. The baby’s father, who was also incarcerated at the time, allegedly requested that the baby be given to the woman, even though the biological mother claims that they weren’t close.

Now, the biological mother is accusing the woman of taking the baby and moving out of town despite the fact that she had allegedly agreed to bring the baby to visit the biological mother in jail often and remain in San Diego. The woman is reported to have visited the child’s parents regularly in jail prior to the birth.

The biological mother also claims that her efforts to since have her daughter placed in the custody of her sister were disrupted by the jail where she is being held, which allegedly prohibited her from participating in the child custody hearing by phone. The jail was also not apparently informed of the family court hearing beforehand. As a result, the biological mother’s requests were denied.

The biological mother is now in the process of appealing that ruling. Though, the woman who was granted custody of the baby claims that the dispute was already settled in court.

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