Most child custody disputes involve whether or not the court-ordered custody agreement is fair to both parents. Especially in sole managing conservatorships, parents are often not in agreement regarding who gets to spend how much time with the child, and understandably both parents want to be involved in decisions about the child’s upbringing. However, for a few individuals, custody issues are even more serious and more terrible. In some rare instances, one parent simply absconds with the child to another state or even another country.
Back in 2007, a Texas woman lost any opportunity to be involved in her daughter’s life when the young girl’s father allegedly fled to Mexico and took the girl with him. Now, eight years later, the woman has finally been reunited with her daughter according to officials. According to reports, the father took the girl to his family members, and the family members delivered the girl to the authorities. DNA testing has confirmed the girl’s identity as the woman’s daughter.
It is a blessing that most people do not have to worry about international custody issues, but for those who do face such concerns, legal assistance is absolutely vital. As you may expect, international issues such as these present unique and complex legal problems that you will likely need professional assistance to tackle.
It may surprise you to learn that there is a treaty in place for such international custody issues known as the Hague Convention, which has been recognized by more than 70 countries. If your child has been taken by another person to another country, there is no time to waste. As you can see from the above case, it can take years to get your child back, so meeting with an attorney as soon as possible is in your best interests.
Source: ABCnews, “Texas Woman Finds Missing Daughter in Mexico After 8 Years,” Olivia Smith and Anne Laurent, May 15, 2015