Immigration and child custody issues have once again come to light after a judge ruled that a mother living in the United States illegally could no longer care for her son.
In December, we wrote about a Guatemalan couple who was living in the United States illegally. They believe their immigration status caused them to lose child custody of their five children. Now, another mother from Guatemala is left in a similar situation.
About five years ago, the woman in this most recent case was arrested after an immigration raid at a poultry plant. After the raid, the woman went before a judge who felt that she could not provide her son with a stable life. The woman lost her parental rights, and the young boy was put up for adoption.
The woman has since begun working with an attorney, but in the beginning felt she had nowhere to turn since she did not speak English.
However, this woman is not alone in her fight to get her son back. Thousands of children are placed into foster care every year after their parents are detained or deported.
In the five years since the mother lost custody, the young boy has been adopted by a family.
Although this case is particularly unique, it does highlight how difficult child custody cases can be. Parents only want what is best for their children, but determining what is in a child's best interest can be challenging.
Anyone in Georgia who is dealing with child custody issues would likely benefit from working with an experienced attorney. An attorney can work to resolve any custody issues while ensuring that their client's rights remain protected throughout the entire process.
As parents fight for child custody, they can be met with many challenges. Fortunately, they do not have to go through the process alone.
Source: ABC 2 News, "Judge places illegal immigrant's child in foster care," Feb. 2, 2012