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Woman that sent boy back to Russia is sued for child support

International custody battles can be very contentious. In many cases, a spouse or parent moves with the child against the wishes of the other parent -- or without his or her knowledge -- disappearing into another country. The legal issues that often arise surrounding such a situation are many, but what happens when a parent adopts a child from another country and then changes their mind on the adoption and sends them back to their country of origin alone? That is the question that a recent family court case had to answer.

According to the ruling, the mother will be required to pay $150,000 in child support. Prosecutors said that she sent a 7-year-old Russian boy that she had adopted through a local adoption agency back to Russia on a plane, without any supervision, in April 2010. The only thing she sent with him was a letter that said the child had violent behavior problems and she no longer wanted to be the child's mother.

Criminal charges were not filed in the case, at least not in the U.S. According to reports, a court in Russia found that the actions of the woman constituted neglect and abuse.

The agency through which she adopted the child did sue her for child support last year and has been successful so far. She contested the child support request, using several different lawyers. During which time, she failed to appear in court.

In May, a judge ordered her to pay the massive amount of child support. She then hired a new attorney. In court, the woman reported that her previous attorneys did not inform her about the case and told her she would not need to appear in court.

She also said that she gave birth to a child last year; which she stated added to her inability to be able to show for court.

According to a report in 2010, the boy had developed violent behaviors that included hitting, screaming and spitting at his adoptive mother. He also threatened to burn down the house and kill relatives of his mother. The woman said that the boy even tried to kill her sister.

In the end, the judge sided with the adoption agency. The woman and her attorney plan to request a modification or appeal the order.

Source: Daily Reporter, "Judge upholds order that Tenn. woman pay child support to adopted son she sent back to Russia," Kristin M. Hall, July 13, 2012

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