International Child Abduction
After a divorce, ensuring your child’s health and happiness is often of utmost importance to our clients. Throughout the divorce process and any other possible procedures that have been taken prior to deciding custody, we will work to establish a solid foundation on which to build your case. In Fort Lauderdale, FL, the courts are primarily concerned with the wellbeing of your children and will make a ruling to preserve it. This entails the area the child will live in, the relationship with the parents, and several other factors that can be presented during the evidentiary hearing.
With over a decade of experience, the team of Child Custody Attorneys at Arcaro Law Group have encountered almost any situation you may be in and are equipped to assist you in a wide array of possible positions. From your former spouse taking the children and leaving the country to allegations of abuse, we have formulated strategies and procedures to ensure the best possible results for you and your children.
By prioritizing the needs of the child and gathering evidence of why your position is the most beneficial for them, a Child Custody Dispute Attorney can help formulate a case that will have the best chance at achieving your goals during a custody dispute. Suppose a custody agreement has already been established. In that case, you still may need a Child Custody Attorney who is familiar with your circumstances and has a previously built foundation of knowledge in handling child custody battles.
At Arcaro Law Group, we understand how sensitive and challenging shared-custody arrangements can be and how detrimental violations can be to both you and your child’s life. Even if the opposing party is highly adversarial or has made it seem like there are no other options, you can rest assures knowing that because of the vast breadth of knowledge you will find, the Child Custody Attorney assisting you will ensure that is not the case.
Whether you are a parent trying to maintain custody or gain it from the opposing party, you will find compassion, understanding, and an outstanding work ethic when retaining the service of a Child Custody Dispute Attorney at the Arcaro Law Group. Don’t take the risk of an unfavorable outcome in your custody case; your child’s health and happiness are too important to forego proper legal advice.
To discuss your goals with an expert child custody attorney, the first step is scheduling an initial consultation with the Arcaro Law Group in Fort Lauderdale, FL. After a brief conversation about your situation and any issues you may be facing, we will begin to formulate the best possible trajectory for your path forward. Not only will you have the guidance of a seasoned team of attorneys at your back, but you can rest assured that all of the strenuous guidelines and procedures will be followed meticulously. To begin building a strategy uniquely tailored to get the best possible results in your child custody battle, call the Arcaro Law Group today.
Let Us Help Bring Your Child Home
At Arcaro Law Group, our Fort Lauderdale divorce attorneys have extensive experience in these matters. We have represented parents in more than 20 different countries, using Hague Abduction Convention proceedings or other means, navigating foreign legal systems, and litigating with the goal of reuniting parent and child. We have also represented parents with legal custody who wish to prevent their child from being returned to another country.
Child Custody Arrangements in International Cases
Child custody arrangements can be complex and delicate. They are generally ordered or approved by the court, and often involve attorneys or mediators, as well. If a parent flees the country with their child without the express consent of the other parent and the court, whether or not they have sole parental responsibility, this can be viewed as international child abduction.
Frequently, many international abductions take place after a parent is permitted to visit a foreign country with the child and then subsequently refuses to return. While the initial removal is not wrongful, the subsequent retention may become unlawful within the meaning of the Hague Convention.
In addition to the U.S., we have represented parents and dealt with administrative concerns in:
- Dominican Republic
- Trinidad & Tobago
What Is the Hague Abduction Convention?
The Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction, commonly referred to as the Hague Abduction Convention or Hague Convention, is an international treaty offering legal guidelines to expedite the return of abducted children to their home countries. This treaty is only concerned with prompt return; underlying custody disputes must be addressed once the abduction is resolved. Prompt action is critical in Hague Convention proceedings, and the recommended window to complete a Hague case is six weeks. It is essential to hire a lawyer who is intimately familiar with international child custody laws and regulations, so we urge you to contact us immediately.
We can represent you through the following steps:
- Obtain a local court order in support of Hague Convention proceedings
- Initiate legal proceedings seeking to return a child abducted to the United States
- Represent parents accused of international abduction in Hague Proceedings
- Work with foreign or domestic counsel on international abduction cases
- Secure rights of access or visitation under the Hague Convention
- Enforce rights of access or visitation awarded under the Convention
- Assist parents in initiating criminal proceedings
- Ask the U.S. State Department to request assistance via Hague Convention process
- Explore the option of foreign litigation to expedite the return process
When dealing with countries that do not recognize Hague Convention remedies, the team at Arcaro Law Group can also suggest and facilitate other effective legal solutions.