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International & Interstate Child Custody

International & Interstate Child Custody
Our family law attorneys have many years of experience working on child custody cases—whether here in the Northwest, nationally, or abroad. Contact us today. 

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International & Interstate Child Custody

When families move internationally, or are created internationally, legal issues and solutions become much more complicated. International treaties and the laws of other countries come into play to determine how and whether rights developed in one country transfer to another. We can help.

International Child Custody Laws

When a child is wrongfully held in a foreign country, the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction may apply. If the country in question is a signatory to that agreement, then its legal system will assist you, with the help and coordination of the U.S. State Department. Their intervention may assist in securing return of your child to the United States. Be certain to have all possible documentation and evidence related to the child's status and consult with a lawyer who has experience with cases involving international custody issues.

There are also cases when a parent is of foreign national heritage and concerns  arise that a child will be taken to that parent’s country of origin. The Uniform Child Abduction Prevention Act (UCAPA) may apply and serve as a tool to prevent such an international abduction from occurring. Speak with an attorney versed in international custody law to identify whether this law will work as a safeguard for you and your child or children.

Interstate Child Custody Laws

When divorced or seperated parents and children move across state lines within the United States, they’ll soon find each state has its own specific rules and laws regarding families. Many states adopt uniform acts, but there are also federal laws which serve to minimize the effect of the differences in family law between the states. Specifically, federal statutes regarding custody apply, but complications can arise when navigating different state laws.

Additionally, moving across state lines or abroad can impact your estate plan, particularly the rules that apply upon incapacity or death. Gevurtz Menashe family law and estate planning attorneys can help you better understand the process and navigate state and federal laws to work towards a favorable solution for your family.

Need A Child Custody Lawyer for International and Interstate Legal Issues? We can help.

With over 30 years of experience, Gevurtz Menashe’s premier international and interstate family law attorneys will help you work towards the custody decision that is best for you and your family.
Call our Portland office today at 503-227-1515, in Vancouver at 360-823-0410, or contact us online to schedule a consultation.

Call our Portland, OR offices at: 503-227-1515
and our Vancouver, WA office at 360-823-0410
or contact us to request a consultation.