James R. Schaffer, P.A.

Can a non-custodial parent abduct their own child?

| Nov 29, 2018 | Divorce |

Child custody disputes can be intense. While some parents are able to put their differences aside and make good choices about the health and welfare of their shared children, others cannot get past their disagreements with their former partners and, instead, take actions that may be detrimental to their kids. Parents in Florida can be accused of abducting their own children if their actions violate the custody and visitation agreements and orders that govern their family relations.

A case of parental abduction can have different legal ramifications. The matter may find its way into the criminal courts if the parent is charged with kidnapping. It is almost always also a civil matter, as parents may need to make significant changes to their operating custody orders and agreements to stop similar instances of abduction from happening again.

In some cases, a parent may abscond with their child and cross international borders. When this happens, federal and international laws may become relevant and useful for bringing the child back home to their custodial parent. Because the law surrounding this sensitive family law matter can be so complex, it is important that parents get the right information on how best to address their abduction situations.

A case of parental abduction can be terrifying for a custodial parent and their child. While custody matters can become contentious, they should never put children in jeopardy of being taken by their own parents. Working through child custody matters can help parents work out their differences and make healthy decisions about how best to serve and co-parent the children from their relationship.