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Abduction is surprisingly common after a child custody dispute

We all think that we know what is best for our children, and we feel this passionately. However, when you are going through a divorce or separation, it can be difficult to reach a compromise on what each parent believes is right for their kids. This can lead to very large arguments and even legal disputes. But a parent must never attempt to take their child away from the care of the other parent.

Child abduction is executed most commonly by a family member, often who has theoretically good intentions. They may believe very strongly that the child would be happier or safer in their care. However, this act is never acceptable and will be dealt with very seriously under the law.

Violation of a custody order

When two parents have joint custody of a child and one parent does not allow the child to see the other parent, they may take them away in order to make it more difficult for the child custody order to be enforced. Often, parents may take their child abroad in order to stop the other parent from having contact.

Behavior like this can be considered international child abduction, and it not only violates the child custody order, but it also denies the other parent of their custody rights. Such behavior is likely to result in the parent who took the child having their custody rights revoked.

If you are trying to co-parent with an ex-partner and you believe that they have denied you your custody rights, it is important to take action so that the dispute can be settled.

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