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Unfortunately, national and international parental child abduction occurs more than we'd like to believe. According to the United States Department of Justice, every year about 350,000 children are victims of child abduction during the process of their parent's separation or divorce.
Prior to 1968, jurisdiction in child custody cases was dependent on a child's physical presence in the state. This legal climate harbored child abduction because it gave parents the ability to choose the state that would determine child custody, thus giving them an incentive to legally kidnap their children.
Since then, the United States has enacted several laws including the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (UCCJEA) and the Parental Kidnapping Prevention Act (PKPA), which are designed to deter interstate parental kidnapping and enforce child custody and visitation orders established by sister state courts. These laws, the issuance of criminal warrants and other deterrents are potential ways to help prevent parental child abduction from occurring during your divorce process.
However, if your divorce is extremely messy and you have reason to believe your spouse may kidnap your child, you need to be prepared. The following is a list of tips that may help you prevent parental child abduction:
Please contact us today to learn more information about parental child abductions or to speak with a qualified and experienced family law attorney who can protect your legal rights and determine the best way to protect your interests.
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