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Legal Recourse for International Child Abduction

Cases involving international child abductions to or from the United States, Mexico, Brazil, Syria, France, the United Kingdom, and other countries worldwide are governed by the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction (the “Hague Convention”). Unfortunately, not all countries in this world are signatories of the Hague Convention, therefore, for the Convention to apply, a country must have signed the treaty, agreeing to abide by its terms.

If a former spouse or partner has taken your child to another country, or if you brought a child into the United States who is not lawfully in your custody, you need to act quickly and deliberately to maintain your best possible chances for obtaining the safe return and/or permanent custody of your child.

Helene Parker & Associates, L.L.C. is one of the few Texas law firms experienced in handling Hague Convention cases involving international child abductions. To get started with your Texas international child abduction case right away, contact us now to schedule your free consultation.

Regain Custody of Abducted Children

When a couple splits up, it is not unusual for one spouse or partner to move to a different country, whether it is their country of origin or a place to try and have a fresh start. It also is not unusual for that person to try to relocate the couple’s children – regardless of whether he or she has lawful sole custody and the right to do so.

If a former spouse or partner has emigrated from the United States with your children, you need to act quickly in order to achieve your child’s safe return under the Hague Convention. Even under the best of circumstances, it would be months before you are likely to see your children. With Helene Parker & Associates, L.L.C., you will work one-on-one with an experienced Texas Hague Convention lawyer who can represent you in communications with the U.S. Department of State and foreign authorities, and who will help you gather the necessary documentation and file those documents with the appropriate authorities to compel your children’s return as expeditiously as possible.

Maintain Custody in the United States

If you brought your children to the United States in violation of a former spouse’s or partner’s custody rights, in order to keep them here you will need to establish a valid defense under the Hague Convention. Possible defenses may include:

  • Your children are age 16 or older
  • Your children have established “habitual residence” in the United States
  • Your children’s other parent consented to the relocation
  • Your children were abused or at risk prior to the relocation

At Helene Parker & Associates, L.L.C., we can work with you to understand the facts of your case, research and prepare any available defenses, and then present those defenses to the appropriate tribunal which may be a state district court or a federal court. If your case has been through the trial level and you wish to appeal the court’s decision, we can also help you with the appeal to a state court of appeals or the United States 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans.

Contact a Texas Hague Convention Lawyer

International child abduction cases are serious, complex, and extremely time-sensitive. To discuss your case with an experienced Texas Hague Convention lawyer, call Helene Parker & Associates, L.L.C. today at (972) 218-0082.

The Hague Convention applies only in cases involving international abductions that effectively amount to disputes over child custody between parents. If your child has been abducted by a stranger, you should seek the immediate assistance of federal law enforcement.

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