Pennsylvania residents may have heard that a California court has ordered the ex-husband of actress Kelly Rutherford to return the couple's two children to the United States and place them in her custody. The children have been living with her estranged spouse in France for a few years.
Some Pennsylvania parents who have been the victims of domestic violence may find themselves embroiled in a child custody dispute with their abuser. It is important for them to inform the court in order to receive adequate protection throughout their cases. Doing so can also help protect the child's health, welfare and safety.
Are you concerned that the other parent may abduct your child to another country? The first step to prevention is to read the United States Department of State's website ( http://travel.state.gov) where you can find a wealth of information about passport applications and abductions to and from the United States.
Pennsylvania parents involved in child custody disputes may be sensitive to the needs of their children, but individuals in the court system do not always have training in how to interview children about potentially difficult subjects. Now, the section of the state bar association that focuses on family law has created a video to educate professionals and others about the best approaches to questioning children in custody cases.
The greater Philadelphia area is wildly diverse, and people are moving here from across the globe. With an increasingly international and cosmopolitan population, there are more and more binational couples, or couples where one spouse is an American and one is from another country. Many of these marriages work out, but sometimes they end in divorce, which could lead to an international child custody dispute.