This post concludes and recaps our series on the handling of parental abduction cases in Orange County, California. We decided to write on this topic due to the fact that many parents do not know how to proceed when such a situation occurs. It is understandable that one would be distraught and not know where to turn in such a situation. The goal of our last several articles has been to provide information which will help parents make an informed decision as to how they should proceed. If you find yourself in a situation where your child is not being returned then it is best to contact a child custody attorney immediately. Our lawyers handle such cases and are ready to assist you.
We have addressed several topics over our recent articles. Issues which we have analyzed include:
- When a parent refuses to return a child
- Court ordered return of children
- Out of state kidnapping by a parent
These were important topics to address for multiple reasons. First, many make the mistake of thinking they need legal assistance simply because a parent is late picking up the child or the parents have a one-time disagreement which was quickly resolved. The truth of the matter is that the Court will typically not get involved in such situations. Second, when a parent is refusing to return the child and it is clear that they will be doing so for the foreseeable future then the Court will get involved. Finally, when a parent has absconded to another state and refuses to return the child then one should contact law enforcement immediately.
One point we cannot stress enough is that one should contact law enforcement and an attorney to assist them with gaining their child’s safe return. It is a grave mistake to take the matters into one’s own hands and attempting to do so can harm your case and may even result in criminal charges. By retaining counsel you help to ensure that your matter is handled properly and you improve the chances that you will have your child returned as soon as possible. Our Orange County parental abduction lawyers have extensive experience in handling such matters and they are ready to assist you. Contact us today to schedule an initial consultation. Our Laguna Hills office also serves Aliso Viejo, Anaheim, Buena Park, Costa Mesa, Dana Point, Fountain Valley, Fullerton, Garden Grove, Huntington Beach, Irvine, La Habra, Ladera Ranch, Laguna Beach, Laguna Niguel, Lake Forest, Mission Viejo, Newport Beach, Orange, Placentia, Rancho Santa Margarita, San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano, Santa Ana, Tustin, Westminster, and Yorba Linda.