Not all those who face parental kidnapping are those with malicious or irresponsible intentions. Some parents find that they can get in trouble with the law when they are only doing what they believe is best for their children. When you share custody of your children with the other parent, there may be some things that you are not able to do. You may not be able to take them out of the state of Georgia unless the court gives you permission to do so, and you may not be able to leave the country with them.
If you are a foreign national living in the United States, you may want to relocate with your children to your country of birth. If doing so would interfere with the rules already laid out in your child custody agreement, you would be breaking the law by doing this, and you may face parental kidnapping charges.
What are the punishments for parental kidnapping in Georgia?
The crime of parental kidnapping is a serious one. The offending parent may face up to 25 years and probation for life if found guilty of kidnapping a child under the age of 14.
What can I do to legally relocate my family?
While the process can be lengthy, it can be possible to relocate your children to live with you in your home country. To do so, you will need to modify your child custody agreement. You may want to try to gain full custody of your children, or you may want to advocate that relocating your children to your home country would be in their best interests. You may be able to show this through a job offer you have, showing that you will be able to generate significantly more income, or by demonstrating the support network you have there.
If you are a parent living in Marietta or another Georgia city and you want to relocate with your kids abroad, it is important that you know the laws and that you adhere to them at all times.