This is the first post in a series where we will discuss dealing with parental abduction of children in Orange County, California. We have decided to write on this topic due to the fact that few events cause a parent anxiety as does not being able to retrieve a child. It is understandable that one is concerned, worried, and not sure what to do when this situation arises. Our goal with this series is to provide information which will help you deal with such a situation and to allow you to make an informed choice when selecting a family law attorney.
We will be addressing several subjects over our coming articles. Issues which we will analyze include:
- How to handle situations in which the other parent refuses to return your child
- Obtaining a Court Order for the child’s return
- Changing child custody on the basis of parental kidnapping
- Enforcing Court Orders when your child has been taken out of state
These are important topics for a parent to understand. First, there are many situations in which a parent may refuse to return a child on time. Such situations, however, do not necessarily rise to the level of “parental kidnapping.” Second, it is possible to quickly obtain a Court Order commanding the child’s return. It is important to go through the legal process and to not engage in “self help.” Third, depending on the circumstances, the Court may modify custody due to the offending parent’s interference in the parent child relationship. Finally, it is possible to gain the return of your child even if the young one has been taken out of state.
Again, it is crucial to contact an attorney immediately if your child has been abducted by the other parent or if they are simply refusing to return the child. This is an area of family law in which the Court will act quickly and taking such action can help to ensure your child’s safety. Our Orange County child abduction attorneys have obtained many pick-up orders and are familiar with the procedures necessary to do so. Contact our office 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.