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What measures can help prevent parental child abduction?

On Behalf of | Apr 18, 2024 | child custody | 0 comments

There are many ways to protect and prioritize children’s welfare in child custody cases that involve complex circumstances. Each family could have unique needs, mainly if the situation can pose risks to involved parents or their child. Fortunately, the law has provisions addressing these concerns, such as risks of parental child abduction.

In most cases, signs associated with flight risks could be apparent while evaluating the family’s case. To effectively secure the involved children, parents and the court can take preventative measures, including the following:

  • Modify or request a court order enforcing restrictions targeting flight risks, such as travel rules and close passport monitoring. Other more stringent legal options, such as prohibiting the child from leaving the state, can also apply, depending on the circumstances.
  • Inform local authorities about the situation and share copies of court orders issued to prevent abduction.
  • Monitor whether a parent exhibits behavior or conducts activities associated with planning to flee with the child, such as suddenly terminating their employment, selling properties and creating ties abroad or out of state.
  • Set up a two-parent consent requirement for the child before allowing them to travel to another country.

The court could also implement other options to establish protections from potential abduction. The extent of these arrangements can depend on the risk’s severity, whether the parent has a history of hiding the child from the other party or committed misconduct that qualifies as endangerment.

Addressing custody-related issues

Aside from flight risks, other issues can negatively impact the child and other family members, making them crucial factors when planning custody arrangements. Addressing these matters may require experienced advice and guidance, helping parties determine appropriate legal remedies to protect the child and the family.


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