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Questions Related to Child Abduction Law

Child abduction is an unlawful act of removing a child (a minor) from his her house without the permission of the parents. While some of the child abductions cases are reported over the custody battle between the parents, some may even abduct a random child to collect ransom money or for some other reasons. This article answers to some of the questions asked on child abduction and its laws.

Child abduction is an unlawful act of removing a child (a minor) from his / her house without the permission of the parents. One form of the child abduction, termed as parental child abduction includes cases reported over the custody battle between the parents. Laws pertaining to parental child abductions vary from state to state. In many states, if there is no formal custody order and the parents are not living together, the abduction of the child by one of them is not considered as a crime. This apart, some unsocial elements may even abduct a random child for various reasons including abuse, torture, murder, or to collect ransom. This type of abduction also happens for several other reasons including human trafficking, slavery, forced labor, sexual abuse or even illegal organ trading. This article answers to some of the most frequently asked questions on child abduction and laws associated to it.<br><br>

I have primary custody over my minor daughter and she visits her father during the weekends. But, now her father is threatening me that I won’t get to see my daughter since she visited him during last weekend. What should I do now?<br>

 

This act of your husband can be considered as child abduction. You should report it to the police as soon as possible. You should provide all the necessary documents which proves your custody over your child to the cops, so that the authorities can start the process of returning your child to you.<br><br>

How can I prevent my girlfriend from leaving the state of California with our child?<br>

 

In this case, your legal rights are limited as you are not married to the child’s mother.  So, to prevent your girlfriend from leaving California, you need to establish paternity by taking up a paternity test or having your name mentioned as the child’s father on the birth certificate. In California, if paternity is established, you both have equal custody rights of the child. If your girlfriend flees with the child, it would then be considered as child abduction. However, you can file for custody of the child in California which would force the girlfriend to return to the state in order to deal with the visitation or custody arrangements.<br><br>

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