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How to address risks of parental child abduction

On Behalf of | May 29, 2024 | Child Custody |

Going through a divorce could be challenging, especially if you are not on good terms with your former spouse, which can impact how you settle child custody issues. During these cases, emotions can run high, causing severe disputes or conflicts between parents when discussing concerns involving the child. The court could intervene and set arrangements. However, unfavorable court orders can compel a parent to do the unthinkable, such as fleeing with the child.

These flight risks can place the child in danger, making it vital to address them even before abduction incidents happen. Fortunately, the court can implement preventative measures if there is enough reason to believe that a parent shows tendencies to flee with the child.

Preventing parental child abduction

One of the most common orders the court can issue is prohibiting the child from traveling out of the country or state, depending on the extent of the risk. For less risky situations, the court can regulate travel by holding the child’s passport and requiring approval before they can go abroad.

Safety risks can exist even during visitation. The court can also issue supervised visits for the child and parent’s benefit. There is no standard approach to deciding what measures are appropriate. The court’s decisions can change from case to case, mainly if circumstances affect the safety and rights of all parties involved.

Protecting your child and family

No matter how complex your case becomes, the law would have provisions to accommodate your family’s needs. Still, making determinations can be a lengthy process, especially if your child custody case requires further evaluation to gauge your situation. When in doubt, don’t hesitate to seek legal counsel, which can help you understand the process thoroughly and learn about options to protect you, your child, and other family members.