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DuPage County family law attorneysEach day, some 2,000 children are reported missing. Statistics indicate that most of these kidnappings are committed by the child’s own parent, not a stranger. How big is the problem, why does it occur, and what can you do to prevent it from happening to your child? The following explains, and it provides details on where to find assistance if you suspect that parental kidnapping may become an issue in your Illinois divorce case.

Examining the Causes of Parental Kidnapping

Although each case is unique, statistics offer some insight on the causes of parental kidnapping. For example, some 65 percent of all cases occur shortly after a parent has had a change to their rights. This statistic suggests a few possibilities; some parents may abduct their child to retaliate against a parent that has infringed upon their rights, but others may do so because of fear of losing their child or grief over the loss of quality time with them.

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DuPage County family law attorneysUnless you have have had a child abducted and taken over an international border, or have attempted to adopt a child from another country, it is unlikely that you have heard of the Hague Convention. Yet it is an organization that all families should be familiar with, especially if they are considering an international adoption, believe their child may be at risk for abduction in a child-related family law case, or are involved in a domestic violence situation. The following explains further, and provides key details on how a family law attorney can assist with your case involving children and international borders.

The Hague Convention in International Adoptions

If you are familiar with history, you have likely heard of baby factories - places where women are “bred” and then give birth to their babies, only to have them snatched away and sold overseas. Of course, you may also assume that these factories are just a black spot in history books. Sadly, this could not be further from the truth. Baby factories still exist. In fact, Nigeria and China have both been focal points for international agencies that combat child trafficking.

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vacation or abduction, Lombard family law attorneysIn our increasingly connected and globalized world, exposing our children to international travel, language, and culture is extremely beneficial to their development and teaches them adaptability. Making the decision to go abroad, whether for a short time or for a longer duration, can be an already difficult decision. It can become impossible if you are a divorced parent who shares custody with your ex-spouse and there is little to no trust between you too.

Traveling Abroad: Preliminary Matters to Discuss and Consider

Taking a child abroad (or letting an ex-spouse take a child abroad) can be extremely difficult, especially when the post-divorce relationship between parents is acrimonious. The biggest concern may be present when one of the parents is from another country and would like to bring the child abroad to visit his or her family, but the other spouse is worried that his or her spouse may abduct the child. What can divorced parents in this situation do to assuage each other’s concerns about the motives of the other?

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