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The Parental Kidnapping Prevention Act

In Child Custody by Sarah Hink

Child custody disputes can bring out the worst in human nature. The joy, care, and responsibility of parenthood are a blessing, yet when parental rights or access to children are subject to limitation, people can make incredibly foolish and destructive decisions. Born out of some combination of anger, possessiveness, jealousy, fear, and sadness, some parents chose to abscond with their children. One of several laws to address this problem is the Parental Kidnapping Prevention Act (PKPA). The PKPA Was Designed to Create Clarity In 1980, the U.S. legislature enacted the PKPA, which is a set of laws designed to combat parents who take their children from the other parent with the intention of shopping for a more advantageous court in another state. Prior to 1980, there was not a consistent …

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Understanding Parental Kidnapping

In Child Custody by Sarah Hink

Custody battles can be an incredibly dark time for everyone involved. Both sides love and want to maximize their time with their children. Further, underlying a custody battle is often the dissolution of a family, which brings about feelings of hopelessness, disappointment, and resentment. The dynamics that led to the couple‚Äôs separation only add fuel to the fire when fighting over custody. When a custody order is actually entered by a court, parties are required to abide by the provisions of those orders as to the legal and physical custody of the children. Unfortunately, this does not always happen. In the most extreme violation of custody orders, a parent may refuse to return children following their visitation period, keep children away from a parent who is entitled to access, or …