Child abduction and custody are two very concerning aspects of divorce and separation. When custody issues arise, child abductions can become a concern. A parent who feels slighted may feel that fleeing with the child is better than trying to work through the court to obtain custody legally, leaving the other parent concerned for his or her child’s safety.
In the case of a child abduction, there are steps the Canadian authorities can take to help your child return home. This is particularly true in cases where the child has been taken to another country. To help prevent these kinds of abductions from taking place, there are a few tips you should know.
Before your child leaves home or travels internationally with a parent, make sure your custody agreement permits it. If it doesn’t, there is no reason you should have to allow your child to leave the country. If you’re taking your child abroad, make sure you carry a consent letter with the other parent’s signature, as this can help prove that you are within your legal right to leave the country with your children.
If your child could be at risk of abduction and you fear the worst, you can add your child’s passport ID to Canada’s System Lookout List. This list identifies children who could be at risk of being taken out of the country illegally, so the staff at airports and other transportation authorities will have that information at the ready to prevent such an event from happening. In cases where a child is flagged through the system, the parent and child can be stopped and identified, allowing for time to verify that the travel is legal.