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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 …