Child custody disputes can be emotional enough, but when the two sides decide they don’t want to fight fair and instead engage in counter-productive bickering and irrational behavior, the process can become even more stressful. In one child custody case raging in Houston, Texas, the two parents involved are resorting to childish behavior.
The father of a 9-year-old boy is accusing the child’s mother of using the boy as a pawn for her own personal gain. The man recently filed a lawsuit in a Houston federal court that claims the woman installed an audio bug on the child in order to record conversations between family members. The man claimed that the woman put the audio device in the boy’s jeans. It was small and resembled a USB drive used in many computers.
The man said that the woman recorded conversations and downloaded them on a computer and possibly shared them with other people. The suit did not specify whom she may have shared the recordings with.
Not only will this ordeal likely play a role in the couple’s child custody dispute, but the woman is accused of violating wiretapping laws, which can be a serious offense. The man is asking for $10,000 in damages in the suit.
The attorney representing the man also prosecuted an eerily similar case in 2011 outside of Texas. In that case, a recording device was planted in a teddy bear during an ongoing child custody dispute.
Cooperation is the only thing that will expedite the unpleasant process of a child custody dispute. The more the two sides argue and engage in illegal behavior, the longer the proceedings will drag out in court. Not only that, but when parents use their kids to settle personal vendettas, they are hurting their relationship with the children.
Source: Chron.com, “Pasadena man’s lawsuit claims ex-wife planted recorder on son,” Mike Tolson, April 18, 2012