International Child Custody and Abduction

An example will serve to illustrate the relevance of an international family lawyer to the world today. If a man from New York marries a woman from England in Bermuda, they move to Holland on business and own land in France, obviously the divorce proceedings would be far too complex for a typical family attorney.  If, in the same example, they separate and the wife moves back to New York, there are obviously a number of issues with which they need to deal, including the divorce, equitable distribution, spousal support, and the very significant issues regarding the children: child abduction, child support, child custody, and visitation.

A skilled international family attorney can help sort these out, explaining the consequences of various approaches, and devising a plan for dealing with the matters. While most issues might not be quite this complex, any international facet of a family law case practically necessitates the involvement and knowledge of an international family lawyer. For example, it is common for a spouse to wish to relocate with a child to a foreign jurisdiction or wish to prevent his or her spouse from doing this. Cases of international child abduction are also increasingly common, both parental and also by other family members, such as grandparents, uncles and aunts. The government provides considerable information on these issues, here.