Many parents in Arizona have custody orders regarding their children. Often, the mother is given more time with the children than the father, even in cases where the parents have joint custody of their children. These court orders must be followed by both parents, and a father's rights to see his children is protected just as much as a mother's right. Even if the father sees the children less than the mother, it does not give a mother the right to move the children wherever she wants.
Recently, a mother who took her two children out of the country for almost two years has finally returned to the United States. Leaving the country was in violation of a court order, and as a result, the fathers of the two children received sole custody of their children while she was gone. One of the fathers worked very hard to locate the mother, creating a Facebook page dedicated to finding her and even appearing on the television show 20/20. The mother has now been charged with multiple criminal counts for leaving the country with the children and violating court orders.