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International Child Custody Abduction

International Child Custody Abduction Attorneys in Columbus

Experienced Legal Representation for the Hague Convention

International child custody disputes are complex, due to the differences in laws from country to country. When the countries involved are signatories to the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of Child Abduction, there are specific procedures in place to resolve international custody disputes. If you are looking for international child custody abduction lawyers in Columbus, call Law Offices of William L. Geary for highly skilled legal representation.

Call (614) 289-1227 to schedule a consultation to discuss your international child custody dispute.

The Right Attorney for Your Dispute

The complexity of international cases requires an attorney with specific experience, skills, and resources. Attorney William Geary has been granted membership in the Hague Convention Attorney Network. This network of attorneys is maintained by the U.S. Central Authority in relation to the Hague Child Abduction Convention. Membership enables us to represent applicant parents in return and access cases in the United States.

Understanding the Hague Convention

This international agreement is intended to help return children who were wrongfully removed from the countries that are signatories to the agreement. Currently, 96 countries have signed on to this international agreement, including North America, most European nations, and many other countries. Custody disputes are not resolved by the Hague Convention, but the process is used to ensure that the appropriate court can hear the case.

Under the Hague Convention, the following is true:

  • Improper removal of a child breaches the rights of a parent in the child’s home country
  • Consent of both parents is necessary for removal when the parents have equal custody rights
  • The country where the child was taken must expeditiously return the child
  • Return of the child may be denied if the child’s human rights will be violated
  • The child may not be returned if there is a risk of grave physical or psychological harm

Proceedings in the Hague Convention generally last about six weeks. If you are looking for international child custody abduction attorneys in Columbus, there are many reasons to choose our firm. Our membership in the network enables us to access “the language line” service through the United States Department of State to assist in your case. We provide experienced legal representation that is customized to the unique needs of each client. You can count on us to fight for the best interests of your child.

Contact us today at (614) 289-1227 for more information about international custody disputes.

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Case Examples

  • Custody to Unrelated Couple
  • Divorce/Business Valuation
  • Child Support Enforcement Agency’s Payment of Attorney Fees to Our Client
  • Custody to Father (Child Relocated from Japan)
  • Retrieval of Children Who Had Been Taken from State and Hidden from Father
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  • Peer Rated 2022
  • 2022 Certificate of Excellence
  • Client Champion - Platinum 2021
  • Peer Rated 2021
  • AV 2021
  • Justia 10.0 Rating
  • Avvo 2020
  • Best Attorneys Online - Oct. 2013
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  • Best Attorneys Online - 2012
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