Houston International Kidnapping Attorneys
If your child has been taken or held outside of the country against your consent as a parent or legal guardian, there may be strong legal resources available for you to use to work towards a solution. Civil international kidnapping cases can enforce your rights as a parent across international borders if successful, potentially reuniting you with your child. However, these cases are often complex and typically require careful legal planning before reaching a satisfactory conclusion.
Fighting for a Solution
International abduction can leave parents confused about where they should turn for help. However, the State Department and The Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction provide important guidelines for any parent seeking a resolution to these devastating legal disputes. Parents considering bringing a child abduction case through these legal frameworks should consider the following:
- U.S. custody orders are not automatically valid in foreign countries
- While not always enforceable, U.S. custody orders may be used in a trial to reinforce a parent’s claims
- Physically attempting to return a child to the United States could violate a foreign country’s law and strongly damage your position in an abduction case
Parents may need to work through the State Department, FBI, INTERPOL, and NCMEC to reach a conclusion to their case. Throughout this process, a parent may want a knowledgeable, experienced legal advisor to provide them with important information and a keen assessment on possible legal strategies. This can help a parent avoid certain legal pitfalls and navigate the complicated international rules that govern these cases.
If you’re trying to find a legal solution to the kidnapping of your child abroad, we may be able to help you work through the State Department and applicable Hague Convention rules. We understand that these difficult times can seem overwhelming and, at times, hopeless. However, we are here to fight for our clients’ rights. For more information about your legal options in an international kidnapping case, contact a lawyer from Holmes, Diggs & Sadler by calling (713) 802-1777.