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Preventing International Child Abduction By Parents In Divorce Or Custody

International kidnapping is a significant threat to the safety and security of families. In some divorce and child custody cases, there exists a real and frightening risk that one parent may abscond with the children to another country. An important international treaty — The Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction — seeks to prevent such abductions. It provides for the return of children who are wrongfully removed to other countries.

Not all countries are signatories to the Hague Convention, however, and some signatory countries persistently fail to adhere to its provisions. These “rogue nations” end up serving as a safe harbor for parents who abduct their children. Once the children are within the rogue nations borders, they can be extremely difficult to get back. Such kidnappings often require the intervention of the U.S. Department of State.

Our Victories In International Child Abduction Cases

If your child has been abducted to a rogue nation by the other parent, or if you believe the other parent may attempt to abscond with the children, it is critical to take swift action. At The Manely Firm, P.C., we can help you prevent the worst-case scenario of never seeing your children again.

Trustworthy And Experienced Counsel

Our international family law practice is dedicated to reuniting families and obtaining justice for clients whose children have been abducted across international borders. We have worked successfully with the U.S. State Department, U.S. Consulates in foreign countries and foreign consulates to locate children taken abroad.

Our international family law attorneys have extensive experience handling international custody matters, including child abduction. We have successfully secured the return of children from other countries and prevented imminent abductions. We understand the intricacies of international law, including the Hague Convention..

Our founding lawyer, Michael E. Manely, is the only all family law attorney in the United States to achieve a unanimous victory before the U.S. Supreme Court on an international child custody case involving the Hague Convention, see Chafin v. Chafin , 133 S. Ct. 1017 (2013).

Dedicated Advocacy

We understand that the real or threatened abduction of your child to a rogue nation is likely the most frightening circumstance you have ever faced. We handle these cases with the utmost of priority and importance. Our lawyers offer caring and dedicated advocacy rooted in expansive legal knowledge and experience.

We also serve as consulting counsel in Hague Convention cases for other attorneys around the country and around the world. We have appeared pro hac vice in a number of U.S. states, including Alabama, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina and Tennessee.

Serving Clients In Georgia And Worldwide

To meet one-on-one with an attorney during a consultation, contact us online or by calling 866-687-8561. We have offices in Atlanta, Marietta, Lawrenceville and Savannah, and we utilize cutting-edge technology to handle child custody cases involving international rogue nations around the world.