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Dealing with child custody internationally

Child custody disputes can be heartbreaking enough when they occur within the same town. However, having to deal with a dispute across international borders has the potential to bring on a whole new level of stress and complications. The good news is that since international disputes are becoming more common, there are more legal regulations in place to help parents navigate their custody crises.

You might be in a situation where your children are in a different country than where you reside. You may be unsure of the steps that you need to take to get custody or fear that the other parent is planning to take your children away from you. Whatever the situation, there are solutions to help you achieve your custodial goals.

Understand the Hague Convention

The Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction is better known as the "Hague Convention." The treaty helps prevent parents from abducting their own kids and taking them abroad without the permission of the children's other parent. The treaty is valid for children age 16 and younger, and has a set of guidelines to help reverse the unlawful relocation of children.

Try and continue a relationship with your children

Even when you are separated by great distances, it is still possible to foster a bond and thriving relationship with your children. Attempt any communication with them that you can, whether it is Skype calls, phone calls or emails. Try to keep the conversation positive at all times.

If you are worried about an international custody dispute, it is vital that you take action as soon as possible so that the situation can be resolved.

Source: The Spruce, "How to Resolve an International Child Custody Dispute," Debrina Washington, accessed Feb. 16, 2018

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