Families are under so much stress in today's society--financial and relationship stress--that parental abduction of the children may become an issue in any given family. I have often been contacted in the past year by a parent who says his/her spouse has taken the children and moved to another state. I advise them of their rights under the UCCJEA, and of the importance of protecting home state jurisdiction by seeking return of the children to their home state before six months have elapsed, after which the new state may become the "home state" of the children where a custody battle would have to be waged. [A later post will discuss the concept of "extended home state jurisdiction."]
Abduction prevention and recovery of abducted children has become a major part of my practice. Because the effects of abduction on children can be very serious [See Part I of this series], it is important for parents to put preventative measures in place. The purpose of today's post is to provide parents with information to help them assess whether they should be concerned about parental abduction.