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Happy ending in international abduction case

Each year, countless families across the state of Utah and the entire country are forced to engage in complicated and contentious custody disputes. And while out-of-state child custody cases can be difficult enough for parents and children alike, incidents involving international abduction are especially troubling. Two children are finally back in the custody of their father after being abducted by their mother and living out of the country for months.

Last year alone, the U. S. State Department estimates that more than 320 children were abducted and taken to Mexico. In such cases, the Hague Abduction Convention is often used to facilitate the return of children to their custodial parents through international channels. The terms of the Hague Convention are recognized by Mexico, and Hague guidelines reportedly resulted in more than 100 children being returned to the U. S. from other countries in 2013.

After divorcing his wife last year, one Texas man was awarded legal custody of his two children. Unfortunately, however, that did not stop the ex-wife from taking the kids and moving to Mexico. Since the mother’s actions were in violation of the couple’s custody agreement, the father immediately filed a petition with the court system and began working with international abduction experts to get his kids back.

Ultimately, the process of regaining custody of his children took nine months and cost the man an exorbitant amount of money. The process of having Mexican authorities accept documents relating to the man’s custody dispute took six months alone. Fortunately, though, it took less than one week for the father to bring his kids home once he learned that the dispute was settled.


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