Are you married to someone who’s from another country and now you’re
afraid that he or she will flee the country with your children? Or, are
you concerned that your soon-to-be ex is planning on abducting your children
to another country?
When a parent or someone acting on their behalf takes a child to another
country without the other parent’s consent, it’s called an
“abduction” or “parental kidnapping.” If you believe
your child is at risk, there are steps you can take now to prevent the
Take these steps immediately:
family law attorney about obtaining a court order. The police may not be able to
help you unless you obtain a court order that prohibits your son or daughter
from leaving the United States. A court order preventing your minor child
from travelling outside the country will give law enforcement more power
to prevent your spouse from abducting your child.
- As soon as the court order is in your hands, contact the local police and
inform them of the court order and the possibility of an international
parental child abduction.
- If your spouse has abducted your child, ask the police to immediately enter
your child’s information in the National Crime Information Center
(NCIC) database; this way the highway patrol and state troopers can assist
in searching for your child.
- If your spouse has your child, contact the airlines and airport police
stationed at the departing airport, if you suspect which airport it may
be. When you contact the airlines, ask for the airline corporate security
officer, and explain the situation.
To learn about the laws that protect you, including the Hague Abduction
Convention, the International Child Abduction Remedies Act, and the International
Child Abduction Prevention and Return Act,
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With San Diego being so close to the Mexican border, a lot of parents fear
that their spouse will abduct their children and flee to Mexico, especially
when the individual fleeing may be a Mexican citizen. If you fear an international
contact our San Diego divorce firm to explore your legal options.