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Hello. I am a Police officer in Georgia. Recently I have been dispatched to different places in reference to child custody issues. I know that it is a civil matter and police don't handle civil issues, but we are stilled required to respond. It usually winds up with us there watching two adults act like children and explaining to them that they are very close to disorderly conduct when the shouting gets out of control. Also since the two that are arguing have a child together that makes it a domestic dispute, and Georgia Law requires us to make a report of the argument.  Nine times out of ten there are never any papers showing custody its just a he said she said thing.  We frequently get yelled at by angry parents who tell us were not doing our job, and all we care about is arresting somebody, and don't forget the parents that have armed themeselves with a little bit of law knowledge from a friend, or the internet and there going to have our jobs!!  I know we are dispatched to these incidents not because there is any thing that we can do, but to maintain order. I was just wondering if any other officers out there are dispatched to these same problems and how you handle these situations?   Thanks in advance for your responses.

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Rate This | Posted almost 3 years ago

 

Yup, we handle these same type calls all the time. I usually tell them to contact their attorney!


We don't do reports on civil issues. An argument is not considered a domestic violence dispute (unless there are threats made).


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We get a couple of these a day, and they are a headache.


Texas has a penal code statute for 'Interference With Child Custody", which basically states that a noncustodial parent can not violate a court order pertaining to the custody of the child, or remove a child from it's geographical area without consent. There's quite a bit of gray area here.

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GTS197 says ...



We get a couple of these a day, and they are a headache.


Texas has a penal code statute for 'Interference With Child Custody", which basically states that a noncustodial parent can not violate a court order pertaining to the custody of the child, or remove a child from it's geographical area without consent. There's quite a bit of gray area here.



We have the same thing here in Ohio, but our hands are pretty much tied when it comes to removing the child from a biological parent. Their attornies normally file the Interference charge with the courts. That's why they get paid the big bucks.


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We also have an intefernce with custody law here in ga, but I have never actually made a case using that law because there is just too much gray area involved. I have heard it said that if the couple was not married at the time the child was born and the father has not legitimized the child through the courts that he has no paternal rights even if he did sign the birth certificate at  the time of birth. I disagree. Without having the Child Legitimized the father can still be held responsible for child support which totally goes against the whole legitacy concept. If  they believe he is the father enough to cash that court ordered child support check then he should have paternal rights. The legal system in Georgia has become really wacky in the last 20 years. I just hate that there is no clear explanation for any of this. All I can do is stand there and say " Im sorry,  this is a civil issue that needs to be settled in a court of law Ma'm ". " I do not have the authority appoint child custody Ma'm" " No Ma'm I don't see that the child is in danger " "Yes Ma'm you can call my supervisor but he will tell you the same thing"  "Yes Ma'm you will have my Job, here is my badge number "  " Ma'm if you continue to yell and scream in the street I will have to arrest you for disorderly conduct " bla bla bla bla!!!!  Oh well some times it just feels good to vent!!!!

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Rate This | Posted almost 3 years ago

 

You forgot: "Sorry ma'am, but in the 10 minutes i'm here I won't be able to fix your relationship that took 15 years to deteriorate"

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I have an ex-wife in Ga she is the primary cutodial parent BUUUUT! But when she does stupid stuff I call my attorney not the police......love you guys still.............