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Whether you have an emergency involving a missing child or you have concerns about the risk of abduction in the future, our experienced attorneys can act quickly and give you the advice you need. We know that time is of the essence.
Preventing Parental Kidnapping
In some cases, there can be a legitimate fear that one parent will disappear with the child. Although parental kidnapping is rare, there can be warning signs. For example, one parent may have violated court orders in the past or may have strong family connections in another state or country. The existence of family violence may also be a risk factor. In these cases, it is important to assess whether a risk of abduction exists.
When there is a risk present, Texas family law allows a court to put protective measures in place. An important step is to get a written child custody order in place. A written court order will set out detailed rules about when each parent has possession of the child. The order can require, for example, that all visitation be supervised by a professional in a secure setting. The order can give one parent possession of the child’s passport. The court can also put financial deterrents in place, such as requiring the posting of a bond.
If you have concerns about parental kidnapping, our attorneys can work with you to assess the risk and advise you about options that may be available in your case.
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