Child Abduction Attorney in Long Island

Compassionate & Experienced Legal Assistance

Parental abduction is a crime that affects the abandoned parent or guardian and most importantly the child. Child abduction (domestic or international) is a serious concern for some parents. Child abduction is the unauthorized removal of a child from the custody of the child's natural parent or legally appointed guardian. This is a crime that affects the abandoned parent or guardian and most importantly the child. Although abduction by strangers is a problem, parental abduction, otherwise known as parental kidnapping is a growing problem that affects parents all over the country. If you are concerned that the other parent may take your child out of the state or out of the country, or you are a victim of domestic violence and seek to remove your child from the abusive parent, we strongly advice that you contact a Long Island divorce attorney immediately.

Domestic & International Child Abduction

Parental kidnapping is a national concern that occurs at a rate of approximately 203,900 cases per year. Although a parent may abduct the child within the same city or state, it is not uncommon for the parent to flee with the child to another country. An international abduction occurs when the parent, relative or friend of the parent leaves the country with the child or children in violation of a child custody order with plans to stay in that foreign country with the child. Another common occurrence is where the couple is still married and one parent takes the child(ren) on an alleged vacation and they are never returned home to the other parent.

Under certain circumstances, the risk of one parent unlawfully fleeing with their child to another country is greater than others; for example, if the child was born to a parent with dual citizenship or if the child has dual nationality, if the child was previously abducted, if the other parent has a prior criminal record, or a history of lack of parental cooperation, or if the other parent has cultural and religious ties to a country that is not a part of the Hague Convention. The Hague Convention is an International treaty agreement to protect children from being taken to other countries by one parent from another, and is intended to help return the children to their home country when they are taken.

Although the majority of abductions are domestic, two-thirds of international parental abduction cases involve mothers who claim they are the victims of domestic violence. How the other country treats an international abduction case, and whether or not they are a part of the Hague Convention will have an effect on how legal proceedings are carried out.

Long Island Child Abduction Attorney

At Wisselman & Associates, we understand the extreme anxiety that parents experience in child abduction cases as well as the level of urgency that they require. At our firm, we provide experienced, aggressive representation for victims of domestic violence, or parents whose children have been abducted locally, or to another state, or another country.

Whether you fear that your child is about to be abducted, or if your child has already been abducted, or if you are a victim of domestic violence and you desire to remove your child from your abuser, we can provide you with the steps you need to take to help prevent an abduction, or the legal remedies to get your child back at home, where they safely belong. We urge you to contact us immediately if you are facing a child abduction situation or need to avoid the legal ramifications of removing your child from an abusive parent.

Contact a Long Island divorce attorney from the firm immediately to address your child abduction matter.