"'Families that were operating on an emotional string, well, that string has broken,' said Paulette Irons, a district court judge. 'All that's left is dissension...'
"Although some broken families have just been struggling for a new sense of stability, others have used the storm to try to beat the legal system, Irons said. She said she had seen noncustodial parents who had spirited away their children without notice, custodial parents who had moved without good cause, and parents who had tried to avoid payments of child support."
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