Child custody disputes can be emotionally exhausting for Georgia parents, but when the parents in a particular dispute do not both reside in the U.S. things can become extremely challenging. This is because when child custody battles span international borders, there are questions of jurisdiction. In which country should the custody case be held? And, of course, the stakes are very high in international child custody disputes because a shared custody agreement or visitation plan would be impossible for most families.
In the 1980s, the Hague Convention treaty came about to help countries deal with international child custody cases. The treaty states that when a child is abducted by a parent and taken into another country, the child must be returned to his or her habitual residence and that is where any dispute will be heard. However, not all countries have signed this treaty, and the U.S. government cannot always enforce it. As a result, one lawmaker is pressing the government to enact legislation that would empower the government to recover abducted children who are living abroad.