Can Become Very Complex When Dealing With A Spouse Across International Borders



You need an experienced attorney to help you understand your rights during international child custody disputes as they often result in contentious child custody battles. The matter escalates when one parent abducts a child to a foreign country or illegally brings a child from another country to the United States. Our legal team has the experience representing U.S. citizens and foreign parents with custody disputes involving international child abduction.

The most powerful tool available to parents involved in international child custody or international child abduction cases is the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. This treaty has been signed by the United States and more than 50 other countries. It provides parents with a legal mechanism for the return of a child withheld illegally in violation of a custody orders from the country that has jurisdiction over the child(ren).

Child Custody Outside the Hague Convention or Other Agreement 

If a parent takes the child to a country that is not party to the Hague Convention, the country ignores their responsibilities under the Hague Convention or other agreement, then international custody can become much more complicated. It may require private or diplomatic negotiations to resolve an international child custody

While international custody disputes can be daunting, talking to one of our experienced family law attorney’s will provide information that can help you decide on options to protect your family. If you are just beginning the process our family law attorneys can help you take preventative measures to ensure that you are not placed in a difficult situation with your child.  For questions or scheduling click the buttons below and our attorneys will contact you directly.

International travel can create serious conflicts in child custody cases.


The U.S. is currently processing adoptions with the these countries

  • Albania
  • Andorra
  • Armenia
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Azerbaijan
  • Belarus
  • Belgium
  • Belize
  • Bolivia
  • Brazil
  • Bulgaria
  • Burkina Faso
  • Burundi
  • Canada
  • Cape Verde
  • Chile
  • China (and Hong Kong)
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • Cuba
  • Cyprus

The most difficult custody disputes are when one parent's decides to wrongfully remove a child from their home country, or retain the child in a foreign country,