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Parental kidnapping is more common around the holidays

Most Tennessee parents who have gone through a divorce want to spend the holidays with their children. However, a divorced parent that has a co-parenting agreement with their ex-spouse may have to share holiday time. Parents that are involved in contentious child custody disputes could find the holidays to be a difficult time, and many family law attorneys say that incidents of parental kidnapping are common around this time.

Parental kidnapping occurs when one parent disobeys a child custody order by abducting their child or failing to return their child to the other parent when they are supposed to. When a parent kidnaps their child and refuses to bring their child back to the other parent, the child may have to be retrieved by the police.

Because parental kidnapping tends to happen more frequently around the holidays, it is not unusual for a child to be picked up by the police on Christmas Day or another special holiday. These situations can be confusing for the child who does not understand why they are being removed from one parent's home on a holiday. If a child is abducted to another country, the process of bringing the child back to the U.S. can be very complicated. Many countries have signed the Hague Convention as a way to expedite the return of abducted children.

A parent who is going through a divorce may be concerned about parental abduction. During the divorce process, an attorney may be able to help a parent to file petitions for court orders to prevent the other parent from moving with the child. An attorney may also help to ensure that the child custody agreement contains restrictions on international travel.

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