Navigating Complex International Child Custody

When a child custody matter crosses international borders, the legal issues can become extremely complex. If you are engaged in a child custody dispute in which parents are living in different countries, it is important to consult with an attorney who is well-versed in international child custody and visitation law.

In the wake of a divorce or separation, it is important that the child maintains a meaningful relationship with each parent. This holds true no matter how far apart parents live, even if they hold residence in different countries. At The Law Firm of Poppe & Associates, PLLC, clients have the opportunity to work with a family law attorney who has ample experience and a strong track record in such cases.

What The Hague Convention Has To Say

If the child lives in a country outside of the U.S., and one parent continues to live in the U.S., it may be necessary to persuade officials in that other country to recognize an American visitation order. This can be difficult, depending on factors such as whether the country has agreed to follow the Hague Convention. Knowledge of the country’s laws and customs regarding child custody are crucial in handling these complex legal matters.

The Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction is an international treaty that recognizes jurisdiction over child custody matters in the country where the child “habitually resides.” At Poppe & Associates, we represent parents whose children have been unlawfully removed to foreign countries as well as parents with lawful custody who wish to relocate with the child to other countries, which may or may not honor the Hague Convention.

In order for the Hague Convention to govern a child custody case, the child in question must be under the age of 16. Determining which country is the child’s “habitual residence” can be a contentious issue. In some cases, the UCCJEA can help make that determination.

With extensive knowledge of international child custody matters, including child abductions, Mia, the matrimonial attorney at Poppe & Associates, will work to protect your rights and the rights of your child in these complex legal matters.

Put An International Custody Attorney On Your Side

Mia has experience in the complex issues involved in establishing international child custody and visitation. She can bring litigation if necessary to assist you in resolving these difficult issues and help you pursue the custody outcome that is best for you and your child.

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