CHILD ABDUCTION LAWYER
Child abduction is becoming an increasingly frequent phenomenon following a divorce or separation. Fathers and mothers decide to take matters into their own hands and abduct their children to stop the other parent from seeing them or spending time with them.
These situations are incredibly distressful for parents, who can sometimes go weeks or even months without hearing from their children, or at least without being able to see them and spend time with them.
Fortunately, there are several measures which can be taken to get our children back, and even report the other parent for child abduction, as long as there is a court order that grants one of them custody.
WHAT TO DO IF…
The severity of child abduction differs greatly depending on whether it’s international or national. Sometimes, a parent will not tell the other where the children are and stop them from having access to them, but there is no risk of abduction. Other times, though, especially when one of the parents is abroad, said risk is clearly present.
If a parent takes a child outside of Spain, making sure they come back depends largely on the country they were taken to. Spain has signed the Hague Convention, which means it is relatively easy to bring back children from certain countries like, for example, those in the Schengen Area.
The most important thing is to act as quickly as possible, because the authorities have a much better chance at responding to a child abduction situation if they are immediately informed of it.
EXAMPLES OF CHILD ABDUCTION CASES
My wife accused me of domestic abuse but the court acquitted me. They even gave us shared custody of our children. Now, she has taken them for the summer and has not brought them back, and she hasn’t told me where they are. I have not heard from them.
The mother of my children is from a European Union member state. When she took the children away for Christmas, she decided not to come back to Spain without telling me about it or letting the school know.
I haven’t heard from my children in ten days. I dropped them off at my ex-husband’s place to comply with his visitation rights, but he has not brought the children back and is not picking up his phone. We have had problems in the past, but he has never done anything like this.