Custody matters when one parent lives abroad

Child custody is a difficult family law matter for Oakland parents who live in the same city. From juggling schedules to ensuring that their shared child’s needs are met, parents may work incredibly hard to protect their rights and the requirements of their child. When parents live in separate cities, states, or even countries, child custody matters take on different levels of complexity.

International custody is a complex area of the law that often requires guidance and support from knowledgeable family law attorneys. This informational post introduces some of the concerns that may arise when one parent lives outside of the United States. No part of this post should be read as legal advice and all international custody questions should be directed to attorneys who handle complex child custody matters.

Understanding and respecting child custody schedules

International travel is not always easy, and constant travel between countries may be disruptive on the life of a child. Courts seek to create custody orders that serve the best interests of the children, and when a child is subject to an international custody arrangement, the guiding court may look at creative scheduling to ensure each parent has time and rights to their child. Parents should be prepared to work with creative plans that may block time with the child into large sections to minimize travel and disruption.

A parent who fails to follow the schedule of an international custody order may be subject to serious sanctions and legal action. They may be subject to international abduction claims and the penalties that accompany them. When problems arise in international custody cases, attorneys should be consulted for help.

Getting custody right before it becomes a problem

One of the best ways to avoid international custody disputes is to address possible problems before they manifest. Parents can proactively learn about the law and what they may do when distance will separate them during their shared custodial experience. In the end, planning and preparation will benefit parents and their kids, and help families avoid difficult legal problems that may alter their relationships and rights.