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Woman Charged with Felony Deprivation of Parental Rights for Not Delivering Child for Father’s Parenting Time

A Minnesota woman has been charged with multiple felonies stemming from her failure to make the child available to the father during the father’s parenting time. In fact, in addition to failing to produce the child at the appointed time, she stated that she had put the child in foster care (she had not actually […]

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International Parental Kidnapping Relief No Better Now Than It Was Years Ago

While nearly all civilized countries have signed on to the Hague Convention, which includes cooperation between countries in the case of international parental kidnapping, the reality is that if one parent absconds with the children to another country – and especially if it is the country of the kidnapping parent’s birth – the left-behind parent […]

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New Book Offers a First Person Perspective on Parental Alienation

In an excellent editorial in the Baltimore Post Examiner, David Shubert writes that “Parental alienation leaves a hurricane of pain.” While it’s a bit ironic that his editorial was published just one day before Hurricane Harvey it, perhaps it’s also prophetic – as we watch the scenes of countless families flooded out of their homes, […]

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Mother’s Attempt at Kidnapping Children Goes Horribly Wrong – or Right

In one of the most high profile international child abduction cases in a while, an Australian mother, Sally Faulkner, who seems to have convinced an entire news program that the father of her children, Ali al-Amin, had taken and kept the children illegally, or, at least, improperly, has been charged with attempted kidnapping, along with […]

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Children Taken by Mothers and Adopted by Step-Fathers Helped by New Access to Birth and Adoption Records

The move in many states, such as in Colorado in the story linked below, to provide for more open access to birth records and adoption records, has had an effect that is all too rarely swept under the rug: allowing grown children whose mothers have removed them from their fathers lives, and had another man […]

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A Rant About Operation Amber

This is a rant which has been a long time in coming. That’s because I see it nearly every day. You see, I subscribe to the Operation Amber mailing list. That’s pretty amazing to think about, isn’t it? That there are Amber Alerts every single day. And that’s the issue. And that’s what this rant […]

How Do We Track Down a Missing Child or Grandchild?

Dear Esq., How do we find an address for our missing grandson? Before custody papers were filed my son’s ex-girlfriend fled with his son. The courts, lawyers, and everyone we have talked to cannot help until he gets an address to serve her papers for visitation. How do we get an address? We know the […]

Frustration or Denial of Visitation

Dear Esq., What is considered reasonable visitation? I would love to get my children as much as I can. Can you offer any advice? Thanks!   Ken — Dear Ken, Perhaps no divorce or custody decree language has caused more trouble for fathers, mothers, and children, but most especially fathers, than the “reasonable visitation” language. […]