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Mother Had Legal Custody of Missing Alabama Boy Discovered Alive in Ohio

Julian Hernandez was only 5 years old when he was taken from his home in Alabama. More than 13 years later, Hernandez has been discovered alive and well in Ohio, living with the father who took him more than a decade prior.

When the boy disappeared in August of 2002, he was in the legal custody of his mother. She reported him missing after the boy’s father, Bobby Hernandez, failed to drop the boy off at preschool.

According to police, Bobby was suspected to have taken Julian, an act known as non-custodial parent abduction. The separated couple had allegedly been engaged in a custody dispute before Bobby drained his bank accounts and went on the run with the child.

It was revealed that Julian only discovered he had been abducted while applying for college, when a red flag was raised over a mismatch between his name and social security number.

Bobby Hernandez was arrested on a number of charges stemming from the abduction of his son. His attorney confirmed that he had been living in the Cleveland area with his son, under the alias Jonathan Mangina.

Child Custody Cases in California

When a marriage ends, there are a number of issues to consider, especially if children are involved. Child custody can evolve into a highly contested issue in divorce proceedings, unfortunately bringing the child or children into the crossfire. However, the state of California has a number of laws and guidelines in place to help decide child custody disputes.

Child custody is best defined as the overall care and control over the child, whether it be sole or shared. It is important to note that parents involved in shared custody agreements are not required to consult with the other parent for every decision regarding the child.

Parents are also not required to share equal time in custody agreements. The main concern in any child custody case is the child, and these types of agreements seek to ensure that the child get quality time with both parents.

If you or someone you love is involved in a custody dispute, or if you are concerned about a current custody agreement, it is important to seek the advice of a qualified family attorney. Because family laws vary on a state-by-state basis, it is increasingly important that you consult an attorney who is well versed in your state’s child custody guidelines.

In San Diego and the surrounding communities in Southern California, the legal team at Fischer & Van Thiel, LLP possesses the legal experience you need when it comes to family law disputes. Our attorneys have a wealth of experience across a number of legal issues, including divorce, child custody and child support. We are available to help you discuss and negotiate a custody agreement that is beneficial for all involved, particularly the minor children.

We welcome your call today. To schedule your preliminary consultation with one of our family law attorneys, call our office at (858) 935-6211.

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