2 boys reunited with fathers after kidnapping to Europe

On behalf of Lake Toback Attorneys

Illinois parents may be interested to learn that two fathers were reunited with their children 18 months after they were separated. On Dec. 19, the 32-year-old woman, who had previously been married to and had shared child custody with each man, was arrested in France. After she failed to return from an approved European vacation, she is accused of kidnapping her sons and violating a child custody order. It is claimed that she changed the boys’ names and appearances in order to avoid detection.

On Dec. 26, both fathers and the mother appeared in a French court for a hearing. The mother accused one father of child abuse, but no evidence was found to support the claim. A judge ruled that the children, ages 10 and 4, should be returned to their respective fathers. He cited the interruption of the children’s education, linked to the mother’s wandering, as reasons for his order. The judge also awarded each father sole legal and physical custody after the abduction.

The mother faces felony charges in Los Angeles on two counts of child detention with right to custody. She was released on bail following her arrest. The Slovakian native is legally a U.S. resident. Authorities requested to have her extradited to the United States; however, it is believed that she might return to the country voluntarily.

When one parent fails to comply with a shared custody order, the other may seek to change or enforce the order. Additionally, with the help of an attorney, a parent may be able to argue for sole custody, for example, if they believe that the other parent poses a physical threat to their child or if the child has been abducted to another state or country.

Source: Huffington Post, “Fathers Reunited With Their Kids 18 Months After Kidnapping“, Brenda Gazzar, December 29, 2013

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2 boys reunited with fathers after kidnapping to Europe