Los Angeles Times Article Features Compelling Immigration and Child Custody Battles
On June 30, 2008, the LA Times featured an article about an unusual child custody battle between a Mexican national named Carlos Alvarado and his ex-wife, Marla Campo, a US citizen. Alvarado arrived on US soil in early 1990s and later met and courted Campo. In 1997, Campo gave birth to their son, Michael. The couple then split up a few years later. A court decreed that Campo would retain primary custody of Michael. However, in 2003, the situation dramatically changed when Campo absconded with their son because — she claimed — Alvarado was not paying his fair share of child support costs. The parents went back into family court, where a judge ruled that Campo and Alvarado had to share custody. Complicating this relatively ordinary seeming custody battle, however, was the fact that Alvarado was doing battle in another court — Immigration Court.
Both Campo and Alvarado have made peace since their battles in 2003, but the fact that both parties have since had children with other partners (Alvarado’s partner is a woman from Brazil here in the United States illegally) suggests that their issues won’t be simple to resolve — legally or emotionally.
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