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Police warn child custody disputes can turn violent

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KENNEWICK, Wash.-- Child custody disputes can sometimes become aggressive and lead to assault.

Kennewick Police frequently respond to calls where parents disagree on their parenting plan and fight over who is taking the child and when.

An incident over night involved a man forcing himself into a woman's home to take the child. He ended up assaulting the woman.

Kennewick Police say they see these cases commonly on the weekends when it comes time to switch parents.

"If you can't get it resolved peacefully at that time, pull back, leave the situation and let the courts deal with it. Whether it's through your attorney or you represent yourself bring it up to the courts and make the argument in front of the judge in a peaceful manor so nobody gets hurt," said Officer Craig Hansen.

Officer Hansen says it's important to make the parenting plan clear so there is no confusion over when each parent has the child.