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2 people injured in apparent dispute over child custody

When two parents are divorcing each other in Texas, often one of the most difficult challenges they will face is deciding on a shared custody agreement that will best benefit them and their children. In many situations, parents are unable to make these decisions amicably and courts have to get involved to expedite the decision-making process. While many cases eventually reach a solution that benefits all parties, there are unfortunate incidents when certain people go to extreme measures to get what they want, but it is often at the expense of the wellbeing of themselves or their children and other family members. 

An example is a recent story out of Athens, Tennessee when a presumed custody dispute turned violent. Initial investigations revealed a woman arrived at the home of her in-laws to pick up the children she shared with her estranged husband. When he informed her that he would not allow her to take their children with her, she became angry and hit her mother-in-law with her vehicle. When she exited the vehicle and began approaching her husband, he shot her in the leg. 

Authorities arrived at the scene and both women were taken to local hospitals to be treated for injuries that were not life-threatening. It is unknown what charges will be recommended concerning the case. 

If people are involved in a custody dispute and are worried about their ability to work out a fair and functional child custody agreement, they may wish to enlist the help of an attorney. Doing so may enable them to get guidance as they work toward finding a solution that will work for everyone involved. 

Source: Springfield News-Sun, "Man shoots wife after she hits mother-in-law with car during custody dispute," Bob D'Angelo, Oct. 8, 2018

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