It’s every parent’s worst nightmare--hearing the news that their child has been abducted. This is why we teach our children to scream for help, never get in a stranger’s car, and refuse to speak to someone whom they don’t know, but what about when the person abducting your child is, in fact, their parent? Many, if not most, child abductions actually occur by someone the child knows, which is chilling to imagine. Whether it is your child’s other parent or family member, your child is much more likely to be taken by someone he or she knows than by a complete stranger.
Can a Parent Kidnap Their Own Child?
You may be surprised to learn that more than half of all child abductions occur because the parents are in the midst of a custody battle. When one parent experiences a change in child custody or visitation and does not take kindly to these changes, he or she may react rashly and will kidnap his or her own child as a last resort to take control of the situation. This may occur as a means to get the other parent to communicate, or even out of pure bitterness for feeling like their child has been taken from them.
Preventing Parental Abduction
You may be wondering what you can do to prevent this from occurring. If you have a healthy relationship with your ex-partner and feel comfortable leaving your child with him or her, you do not need to worry. However, if you have sensed certain signs of bitterness, resentment, or anger from your child’s other parent, you may feel a sense of concern about what lengths he or she will go to.
The following are common signs of parents who are likely to abduct their own children, including but not limited to:
- Serious arguments with the other parent over visitation and custody
- Threats to abduct your child
- History of violence
- Expressions of anger and rage
If you notice any of the above signs and are concerned about what may happen in the future, there are steps you can take. Your child should not be used as a pawn by your ex in order to show a power move or get revenge against you for the termination of your previous relationship. If having a calm and mature conversation with your ex doesn’t make things better, you may need to take legal action.
Our Houston Child Custody Lawyers Handle Parental Kidnapping Cases
Our Houston family law attorneys at Boudreaux Hunter & Associates, LLC understand just how frightening it can be to face the possibility of not knowing your child’s whereabouts due to the irresponsible and cruel actions of his or her other parent. Whether your ex has already carried out the abduction or you are concerned an abduction is impending, you deserve to have a legal team by your side who will advocate for justice on your behalf. You and your child both deserve a stable environment without the chaotic actions of an angered or unstable person.
To discuss your case confidentially, please contact us online or call (713) 766-6283.