Readers in Lake County have likely either themselves been involved in a child custody dispute or know someone who has. As is the case with most things involving parents and their kids, emotions tend to run high in these types of disputes. In order to avoid losing their child custody case or to keep them from the other parent, some parents choose to take their children and run. In most cases, parents have legal recourse if the parent who took the child stays within the U.S., but when they leave the country parents often have no support or legal means for getting their child back.
This is reportedly the unfortunate reality that one New Jersey father is facing. After he and his wife divorced they were granted joint custody of their son and daughter, but his wife abducted the children and took them to Japan seven years ago. According to reports, the man and his family have tried to go through the existing channels to get the kids returned to the U.S., but with little cooperation from Japanese authorities, they have been unsuccessful.
The man is reportedly continuing to fight to get his children back. He recently shared his story with the House of Representatives in an effort to garner support for a bill that would assist parents who are involved in parental international abduction cases. The bill would require that the U.S. State Department and the President take a more active diplomatic role in resolving these cases.
Whether you are involved in an interstate or an international dispute, it may be of benefit to obtain legal representation. An attorney will help to ensure that your parental rights are upheld as you seek what is in the best interests of the child.
Source: NorthJersey.com, " Bill may help 'left-behind parents' in global child custody fights," Herb Jackson, Dec. 11, 2013