Foreign Territory Makes Arizona Child Custody Case Tricky


Yazmin Maribel Bautista and Sadiq Jaffar Al-Saffar met six years ago in Arizona. They got pregnant and were married that same year and started a life together in Phoenix. That life together, including their daughter Fatima, was short-lived, and Al-Saffar left Fatima and her mother a mere two years after the marriage began. So began their child custody case.

Al-Saffar left his family in Arizona for Bahrain, where he is originally from and his family still resides. He allegedly left Bautista and their daughter in Phoenix because he found new work and new, younger love in his home country.

Surprisingly, his Arizona family followed Al-Saffar there out of desperation. Bautista had hopes of finding a career in Bahrain and giving her daughter the opportunity to have a consistent father in her life. Apparently, Al-Saffar also desires to be a part of Fatima's life and terrified Bautista when he filed for custody of their daughter upon their arrival to Bahrain.

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