Global Family Law Services

Understanding Parental Rights And Responsibilities Across International Borders

When divorced parents live in different countries, it creates a complex web of jurisdiction that needs to be respected. At Zashin Law, we recognize the complexities that arise when co-parents live in different countries. Despite geographical distances, parental rights and responsibilities must be upheld to ensure the welfare of the children involved. Our exceptional representation in these issues has led our founding attorney to speak on The Today Show, The New York Times and CNN about family law matters, and our firm excels in managing these international custody and support issues, ensuring that all parties meet their obligations regardless of their location.

Comprehensive Legal Guidance Through Your Unique Needs

Parental duties and rights are typically defined in a custody agreement resolved before one parent and the child relocate internationally, and we work tirelessly to defend your rights. If such provisions are not in place, the moving party may need court approval for the relocation to ensure that parental responsibilities, including child support and custody rights, are clearly defined and legally enforceable across borders.

We take the time to review all of the laws and factors surrounding your individual situation to ensure we are thoroughly defending you and your family’s needs. One of the most critical legal factors in these issues is the Hague Convention, an international treaty that ensures any children who have been wrongfully relocated or abducted are promptly returned home.

The Role Of The Hague Convention

When parents fail to honor their legal obligations, or if disputes arise post-relocation, the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction often becomes relevant. This treaty, signed by many countries, is a critical component of most international parental disputes, as it provides the guidelines for returning improperly located children across national borders. This treaty also means that U.S. court orders may not be recognized in other sovereign nations, which can prevent one country’s laws from compelling the other.

If the Hague Convention does not apply – either because the country in question has not signed the treaty or other legal exceptions are in place – Zashin Law is prepared to explore alternative legal avenues. We are prepared to explore all options in negotiation and litigation in these international forums to stand for your parental rights and responsibilities, no matter how challenging things may seem.

The Benefits Of Our International Parental Rights Services

We are known for our fluent understanding of international family law issues and our ability to secure a swift and effective resolution in cases that cross international borders. Whether you need to enforce child support payments or modify or establish international custody orders, our lawyers are prepared to guide you through every step of the process based on the unique needs of your family.

Defend Your Parental Rights With Experience And Confidence

Faced with international co-parenting challenges, you need a law firm that understands the detailed nuances of international law and is profoundly committed to protecting your family’s interests. Call our Cleveland office at 888-875-5772 or email us here to schedule your initial consultation today and take the first step toward the resolution you deserve.