An international child custody dispute is one of the most complicated. Interestingly, the number of international marriages is increasing, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
The trouble with international marriages is that they can end like any others. When they involve children, the end of an international marriage can become extremely harmful to everyone involved. Both parents may not wish to stay in the same country, and the children may be forced to travel back and forth between countries if they wish to remain with both parents at one point or another.
International courts can also rule differently than American courts, which adds to the complexity of a custody dispute.
How can you resolve an international custody dispute?
It is important to work with someone who has experience involving international child custody cases. These cases are complex and involve at least two countries, so it is important that the attorney understands the laws in both places.
Understand the Hague Convention
If you have a child in a country that is part of the Hague Convention, then the treaty helps protect your children against international abduction. This is something that you should study closely, especially if there is a risk of international abduction in your case. If so, bring it to the attention of your attorney and the court, so you can have steps in place to prevent your children from leaving the country.
International custody isn’t always easy, but it can work if both parents are open and honest with each other. Your attorney can help you build a parenting plan that works for your unique situation.