No one in Smyrna who is in the middle of a child custody dispute would call it easy. Even if a former husband and wife get along well and separated amicably, when it comes to child custody it is likely to get somewhat contentious. This blog has covered some of the things that ex-spouses will do to try and convince a judge that they are the better parent and why they should receive primary or sole physical custody. Sometimes, these antics can get out of hand and, on occasion, are downright illegal.

Smyrna residents may have heard about a woman who was recently sentenced to 30 days in jail, 10 years’ probation and a $10,000 fine after she used bribes to try and get a judge elected that would, then, ostensibly be a favorable party in her husband’s child custody hearing. It appears that the woman’s husband had been in a difficult custody battle with his ex-wife and his current wife was trying to help out. She crossed the line, however, when she paid $150,000 to get a judge elected.

Not only has she gotten in trouble, but the woman she tried to get elected and her husband have, too. The judge accepted a plea deal last year and was convicted to 10 years’ probation. The woman’s husband has not yet gone to trial, but his day in court is pending.

Though child custody issues are understandably difficult for everyone involved, there are certain ways they must be handled for them to be fair to everyone. Using bribery, trickery or other illegal activities to try and get a favorable ruling is not only unfair, but it prevents a neutral third party from determining what is going to be in a child’s best interest.

Anyone who is going through a child custody determination with a former spouse is better served by working closely with a family law attorney who can ethically and zealously show that his or her client is a good parent.

Source: The Dallas Morning News, “University Park woman gets jail time for bribing judge,” Valerie Wigglesworth, Oct. 11, 2012

Stop by our child custody page to learn more about Georgia’s child custody laws.