In this Maryland Divorce Blog, we have previously discussed a couple cases involving international child custody disputes. Child custody disputes that span international borders can be very complex for families as it is not always agreed upon which country has jurisdiction over these cases. As a result, international parental child abduction cases often go unresolved, leaving the parent who is without the child to feel helpless.
The Hague Convention, which has been signed by 80 countries including the U.S., outlines policies for dealing with these cases and it requires children to be returned to their habitual residence. In fact, hundreds of children are returned to the U.S. under the Hague Convention each year. However, the Hague Convention can be difficult to enforce and a number of countries have yet to sign it. One lawmaker is now making a renewed push to press the U.S. government to recover American children who have been abducted by a parent and taken abroad.