Houston International Child Custody Attorneys
Working with Parents to Resolve Complex Custody Disputes
The presence of international borders in child custody disputes can change how the custody battle proceeds, making gaining or sharing custody with another parent more difficult. Our Houston international child custody lawyers have experience handling international custody disputes and can help protect your child's rights and best interests.
How Does Custody Work in International Cases?
International child custody cases often involve either a child from another country or parents who reside in different nations that wish to share custody of a child.
Generally, whichever court claims jurisdiction over the custody case will use the family law code specific to that court's country or state to govern the child custody arrangement.
Like adoption and parental kidnapping cases, the Hague Convention plays a large role in international custody cases. According to the Convention, child custody in international cases should be established in the child's "habitual residence."
Parents who want to establish custody using Texas Family Code should consider keeping evidence on hand showing that their child primarily lives in Texas. This can include U.S. identification such as a birth certificate, grade transcripts from a U.S. school the child attends, and medical records established in the U.S. for the child.
If a parent unlawfully takes a child to another country during a custody dispute (or after establishing custody), the court can also utilize the Hague Convention to enforce the terms of the custody arrangement if both countries involved in the case abide by the Convention. To learn more about how the Hague Convention interacts with parental kidnapping cases, visit our Hague Convention page.
In international custody cases, it's not uncommon for parents to claim different courts should have jurisdiction over the case or that different countries are the child's habitual residence. As such, having a legal advocate who understands international law and can help you safeguard your child's best interests is essential.
At Holmes, Diggs & Sadler, our international custody attorneys have experience handling complex custody cases and can help you protect your parental rights.
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