Do you think you need to give your permission for your child to leave the country? You could be wrong. Fathers—and mothers—have found out the hard way how easy it is for someone to disappear with a child. Safeguard your family from the worst case scenario with professional tips on preventing international child abduction.
Ariana Bozemen Returns — Missing Girl Reunited With Father, Mother Charged with Felony After Year on the Run
In August 2018, police in Enoch, UT, filed a missing person’s report for Ariana Bozemen, age 9. The girl disappeared days after a judge awarded her father sole custody. Last week, authorities found the girl with her mother, Dawn Closson, and other family at a rest stop in Florida. …
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 done so).
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 will have a very hard time getting their child back, if they are able to get their child back at all.
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, as devastating is the flood of emotions when one is pushed out of their family, and away from their children, by parental alienation.
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 the crew of the Australian 60 Minutes news show.
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 adopt and raise them as their own, to finally be able to learn who their real fathers are, and to reach out and contact them.
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 is about. Perhaps even the average citizen could notice it, but being a former father’s rights attorney, I particularly recognize it.
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…