San Diego Parental Kidnapping Lawyers
Parents are expected to return their children at the required times once a visitation plan has been established. Unfortunately, this does not always happen. Parental kidnappings occur when one parent ignores the court's orders and has no intention of returning the child. This is a serious - and illegal - offense. California will take criminal action against a parent who kidnaps their child. Our San Diego family law firm has dealt with many cases involving child abduction in our 35 plus years of experience. If your child has been abducted by a biological parent, you have legal options. Contact our office today.
Parental kidnapping is when a parent refuses to return a child in violation of a child custody order. If this occurs, the San Diego family court can be asked to grant an immediate order commanding that the child be returned. These orders can typically be granted within hours or a day. The parent receiving the order can then enlist law enforcement in retrieving the child, and the child's belongings, from the offending parent. If the circumstances are egregious enough, the other parent's behavior may be enough to reduce child visitation or change custody.
Having one's child kidnapped is truly horrifying. Our San Diego family law lawyers will take action. We will immediately file your request to have the child returned and will do everything possible to have the judge sign the "Order for Return" as soon as possible. We will also work with you to explore all possible remedies. This may include holding the other parent in contempt of court, modifying your child custody order, or in extreme cases, suspending the other parent's visitation completely. If your child has been abducted, then his or her safety may be at issue. Contact us today to schedule an immediate consultation.
You are scared for the well-being of your child; and you need a lawyer who understands the process. Our founder, Thomas M. Huguenor, has been certified as a family law specialist by the California State Bar. We have handled numerous child abduction cases and understand how the court will approach such matters. Your child's safety is our first concern. Call (858) 458-9500 today or contact us online to schedule your initial consultation.