Any child custody arrangement that involves more than one country automatically invokes questions of jurisdiction, potential abduction, conflicting laws, procedures, and customs.
If jurisdiction over the custody case has been established in the United States, then it is critically important to ensure that the state court judge enters the necessary orders to prevent another country from usurping jurisdiction, and reserving jurisdiction within the proper state. The United States should be declared the “habitual residence” of the child, consistent with the language of the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. An international family lawyer can assist you in drafting the proper protective language and ensuring that it is included in your state court custody order.
Where international child custody and time-sharing arrangements have been worked out between the parents, other important provisions will need to be drafted and included in court orders to address passports, travel restrictions, terror threats, transportation expenses, registration of foreign orders, and other practical considerations.
If you have an issue with international child custody, then you want an attorney familiar with this type of law. For more than 30 years, the Law Offices of Mark S. Guralnick has been handling all types of child custody issues both in the United States and throughout the world. Contact international child custody lawyer Mark S. Guralnick today for a no-fee consultation.