Often, when people think about child abduction, they may envision a stranger driving by and grabbing a child. However, children may also be abducted by their parents, and this is especially likely during a custody dispute (or after custody has been awarded). For example, a parent may take the child without the permission of the other parent, or they may violate their custody agreement. Child abduction is a very serious matter and it can have a significant impact on how custody is awarded.
If you are preparing for a custody dispute, it is, of course, imperative to make sure that you avoid anything which could be interpreted as child abduction. Abducting a child can have a significant impact on the outcome of a custody dispute, and even if you take the child for a relatively brief period of time it could cause you to lose a custody case.
On the other hand, you should firmly stand up for your rights if your child has been wrongly taken without your knowledge or permission. If your former partner has abducted your child, even for a very short duration, you should try to hold them accountable for such behavior and do what you can to protect your child. Child abduction can occur before a custody dispute, while parents are still married, or it can occur years after a divorce has been finalized and custody has been awarded.
If you are struggling with any type of legal issues related to child custody, you should go over your rights and options carefully, and concentrate on your child’s best interests.