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International Parental Child Kidnapping

July 8, 2020 Federal Criminal Attorneys

For a parent, taking their child in an attempt to obstruct the other parent’s custodial rights is a criminal offense. Moreover, removing a child from the United States without permission from the parent with custody is known as International Parental Child Kidnapping, and may be punished very harshly. If you or someone you care about is looking at International Parental Kidnapping charges, it’s critical that you get an experienced defense attorney involved as quickly as possible. These kinds of cases are confusing and family dynamics play a large part in any alleged kidnapping matter. The right attorney will respect your role as a parent and help you sift through the confusing legal dynamics that impact your case. 

Defense Against International Parental Kidnapping Charges

Constructing a solid defense begins during the investigative stage of your case. From the moment you suspect you’re under investigation, you should get in touch with a federal defense attorney. He or she will walk you through the initial phase of your case and help you make wise choices that will shape the outcome of your case. If you move with your child, you’ll be responsible for furnishing legal justification for the removal or retention of your child. There are a number of defenses you may want to assert.  These include situations where 

  1. the non-traveling parent was not exercising his or her custody rights, 
  2. the non-traveling parent gave their consent to or acquiesced to the move, 
  3. the child is of age and maturity and they themselves objects to being returned, 
  4. the child is well-settled in their new environment, 
  5. a serious risk of physical or psychological harm can come about  if the child is returned, or 
  6. fundamental principles connected to the protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms do not permit the return of the child. 

Your attorney will review all the details of your case to figure out if you have a chance of successfully proving legal justification for your actions, on the basis of these common rebuttals to International Parental Kidnapping charges.

Stand up for your freedom and defend your child and your family by working with an attorney who is willing and able to do whatever it takes to protect you, no matter how much time and energy that might take. 

International Parental Kidnapping Laws

International Parental Kidnapping cases are extremely difficult to comprehend because if you are looking at charges related to alleged kidnapping of your child, those charges could be brought in the country of origin, the other country, or in some cases, even the country where the other parent resides. You could be facing charges in multiple jurisdictions, and you may need to plod through U.S. state and federal law, on top of the laws of other countries.

You need a lawyer who can put in the work to thoroughly analyze your case and develop a comprehensive approach, taking into account the multitude of laws and legal issues involved. An experienced attorney will know what it takes to get you the results you want, and have the resources to bring all of the pieces together. 



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