This post finalizes and recaps my series on how to handle parental abduction cases in Melbourne, Florida. Child custody issues tend to invoke a great deal of emotion. Because of this, one may make a hasty decision that could have a negative effect on how custody will be awarded. Parental abduction is a serious matter that can have legal consequences and also be detrimental to the children involved. Once the actions of an offending parent place the minor child in an inappropriate situation, it can be necessary for the Court to revisit whether the current situation is in the child’s best interests. The goal of this series was to provide helpful information to parents currently dealing with parental abduction. It is also my hope that these articles will assist those in need of representation with choosing an attorney. Contact my office today to speak with a lawyer if you need assistance.
I have addressed several topics over the course of this series. Issues which I have analyzed include:
- What actions should be taken when a child is not returned
- How a “pick-up” may be requested from the Court
- Attending the contempt hearing after the “pick-up” is completed
- Requesting a change in child custody after parental abduction has occurred
It is important that parents dealing with parental abduction have an understanding of these issues for several reasons. The first step in the process is to avoid any “self-help” methods and contact a lawyer. An experienced attorney can assist you in recognizing the difference between child abduction and a minor delay in returning the child. Second, it is important to request a “pick-up” order from the Court to ensure that there is documented evidence of possible contempt. Third, parents should be aware of when a contempt hearing occurs and what will transpire if a party is found in contempt. Finally, parental abduction may provide evidence that a change in child custody is warranted. A parent requesting a change in custody should remember that it is important to gather as much relevant evidence as possible.
As I have previously mentioned, it is crucial that retain counsel once you become involved in a parental abduction case. The facts of your particular case must be properly presented before the Court in order to obtain a favorable result. As a Melbourne child custody lawyer, I regularly handle such matters. Contact us today to speak with an attorney. My office services clients in the cities of Titusville, Cocoa, Palm Bay, Grant, Valkaria, and Rockledge, as well as in the Indian River County areas of Fellsmere, Sebastian, Vero Beach, Indian River Shores, and Orchid.