Long Island Divorce & Family Law Firm Established in 1976
Child Abduction

Child Abduction by a Parent

Experienced & Determined Long Island Family Lawyers

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.

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 country or if 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 family law 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 circumstance occurs when the couple is still married and one parent takes the child(ren) on an alleged vacation and never the child(ren) 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. Some of the most common circumstances include:

  • The child was born to a parent with dual citizenship
  • The child has dual nationality
  • The child was previously abducted
  • The other parent has a prior criminal record or a history of lack of parental cooperation
  • 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, Harounian & 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 in Great Neck, we provide experienced, aggressive representation for victims of domestic violence and for parents whose children have been abducted.

Regardless of what your case may be, we can provide you with the steps you need to take to prevent an abduction. We can also provide 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 child abduction attorney on Long Island immediately to address your legal options.

Committed to Every Client

  • I highly recommend Joseph Bracconier's services to anyone looking for someone to relate to their personal experience and provide knowledgeable, empathic, professional guidance and support.”

    “Joseph Bracconier brought a certain calmness during a very chaotic, nerve wracking time in my life. He's has a remarkable way of quickly taking in all the information presented and recapping it in an ...”

    - Client Testimonials
  • She was with me every step of the way and I can’t thank her enough.

    “Amanda Green represented me in my divorce and made me feel at ease during the entire process. She is very patient and accommodating. Made it very easy to speak with her. This was a very difficult and ...”

    - Former Client
  • You always were saying that I had a good case. Always positive.

    “Jerry - You always were saying that I had a good case. Always positive. You looked at all the angles. You kept me hopeful and gave me great advice…Thank you for that and all the other great ...”

    - Client Testimonials
  • I would use them again and recommend him and the firm to others.

    “Joseph and the entire firm were very prepared to defend me in a restraining order case. It was a very difficult time for me being accused of something like that while I was being harassed by my ex. ...”

    - Client Testimonials
  • I can wholeheartedly recommend Christine!

    “Christine was my divorce lawyer and truly did an excellent job on my behalf. My soon to be ex-wife was out for blood and wanted alimony, half of everything, lawyers fees paid for.. Christine looked at ...”

    - Client Testimonials
/

Reasons to Choose Wisselman, Harounian & Associates P.C.

  • We will go the extra mile to meet your needs.

    Our professionals will go above and beyond to create a solution that is tailored to fit the unique needs and goals of you and your family.

  • We will walk you through every decision.

    When you hire us, we will get to know you on a personal level, inform you of your options, and help you make the best decisions possible.

  • We will sort out all concerns on your mind.

    Our mission is to put your mind at ease, alleviate your worries, address all concerns, and answer any questions you have along the way.

  • We will always act in your best interests.

    We demonstrate an unparalleled level of commitment to our clients. When you work with us, your needs will always come first.

We Can Help You Move Forward

Request Your Free Case Evaluation Today
  • Please enter your first name.
  • Please enter your last name.
  • Please enter your phone number.
    This isn't a valid phone number.
  • Please enter your email address.
    This isn't a valid email address.
  • Please make a selection.
  • Please enter a message.