In a prior post titled Georgia Father Begs for Pressure on India to Join Hague Convention, we highlighted the problem of international child abduction that arises in many child custody cases across the nation. Parents and advocates have vehemently criticized the United States State Department for placing a lack of emphasis on the need to pressure countries like India and Japan, two of the most notorious non-signatories to the international Hague Convention that facilitates the return of children wrongfully removed from their country of residence by one parent.
A Georgia father feels anguish and frustration over the refusal by India to sign the Hauge Convention, a treaty that facilitates the return of children wrongfully removed from their country of residence. The father's 3-year-old daughter was taken back to India by his ex-wife during a child custody battle. He obtained a United States court order that granted him custody, but when it came time to enforce it, his children were in India, a country that does not recognize international parental abduction as a crime.
Parental abduction has become a prevalent problem for families across the nation and a major concern for family law advocates. International parental abduction has been a significant focus of many discussions and the Hague Convention was created to assist in locating and returning children illegally removed from their country of residence. Tracing a child amongst the United States can be as complicated as tracing them internationally, so when any information about the child's whereabouts is extremely important in child custody cases involving abduction.