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Custody disputes can get more complicated than you might expect, sometimes requiring law enforcement to get involved for the sake of a child’s best interests. Just such a surprising custody battle is developing in Forest Park, where the paternal grandmother of a child is petitioning the court for guardianship. The child’s parents are currently being held in prison in Indonesia.

Trouble was already afoot when the child was born in early 2015. By that time, both of her parents were facing murder charges for the killing of her maternal grandmother, whose body was found stuffed in a suitcase. Subsequently, both the mother and father were sentenced to prison in Indonesia, where the murder took place. However, being in prison has not kept the child’s mother from retaining custody of her. Instead, the mother has been given permission to care for the child in prison.

The Forest Park woman fighting for guardianship is the mother of the child’s father, who is also in prison. She believes that it is in the child’s best interest to be raised in Illinois rather than in a prison in Indonesia, which may seem like an uncontroversial opinion. However, it remains to be seen how and when the transfer will take place, if she prevails.

Regardless of what your child custody issue might look like, it is always wise to fight for the best interests of the child you love. With proper legal counsel, you can evaluate the specifics of your custody situation and create a plan to help give the child you love the best life available.

Source:, “Custody questions raised about child of woman jailed in Bali,” Feb. 11, 2017