International Child Abduction

International Child Abduction Cases

When a child’s parents are divorced or separated and a parent desires to take the child out of the country, the courts in the child’s country of residence must grant permission. If the parent does not obtain court approval and takes the child overseas or across borders anyway, it is considered abduction and can result in both civil and criminal charges.

Extensive Knowledge Of The Hague Convention

At , in New York City, our attorneys frequently represent parents — both U.S. citizens and foreign nationals — in civil cases involving the Hague Convention and its U.S. counterpart, the International Child Abduction Remedies Act (ICARA).

If your situation involves the removal of a child from the United States to another country or vice versa, please contact our law firm. Our clients benefit from our in-depth familiarity with the international child custody provisions of the Hague Convention and our many years of experience handling these complex cases. We have represented parents accused of wrongful removal as well as those seeking the return of their children.

If your child has been wrongfully taken to or from the United States, we will take immediate steps to bring him or her back as quickly as possible. 

If you have been accused of wrongfully taking your child to the United States, we can help you defend against any pending litigation.

Our attorneys practice in both state and federal courts for international child abduction cases, as they can be handled at either level. We often receive referrals due to our strong track record of success in this sensitive and challenging legal area.

The lawyers at have an unmatched reputation in this field.  Robert D. Arenstein has litigated some of the earliest and most landmark Hague Convention cases and is a frequent expert witness in this area.  He has participated in hundreds of Hague Convention cases throughout the U.S. and all over the world.  He has authored several articles and lectures on various aspects of the Hague Convention.  Richard Min has successfully litigated dozens of Hague Convention cases across the United States.  Nancy Green and Barbara Burger have successfully litigated Hague Convention matters in New York. 

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