International Child Abduction
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
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.
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