Child Custody Dispute and Missing Toddler

Officials in Pembroke Pines are attempting to locate a missing woman and her daughter. They have been missing since March 3rd, and police believe the woman took the child with her when she left the child’s father. Detectives think that the woman may attempt to move to Germany with the child without the permission of the child’s father.

According to reports, the woman’s name is Nicole Raphael, and the toddler’s name is Kimberly. Police believe that the woman may currently be in the Orlando area with her daughter. Wherever the woman is, she is not allowing the father to have contact with his child. Anyone who may know the whereabouts of the pair should contact the Pembroke Pines police, or their local police department, with any pertinent information.

Officials are reminding those going through a divorce, or custody issues, that preventing a parent from seeing their child— excluding cases of abuse— may not be in the best interest of the child. If a person believes their spouse to be an unfit parent, there are legal channels to pursue. Going into hiding is rarely helpful, and it may actually hurt you legally when you surface and seek custody of your child.

If you need assistance with a child custody issue in Orlando, please reach out to our team. We understand that emotions may be running high right now, and you may feel as if you have nowhere to turn. That is not the case when you call our office. We are here for you and want to help you in any way we can. Call our office today to schedule your free case evaluation.

About the Author
Andrew Nickolaou, Esq., B.C.S., is a founding partner at Bernal-Mora & Nickolaou, P.A. He practices almost exclusively in divorce, marital and family law. Andrew and his partner, Ophelia Bernal-Mora, Esq., B.C.S., joined forces in March 2016 to form the unique and boutique husband and wife family law team at Bernal-Mora & Nickolaou, P.A. Together, Andrew and Ophelia take a practical and team-based approach to all of their cases and clients to deliver the highest quality experience and representation.