How Las Vegas Residents Should Handle the Parental Abduction of Children

Child holding father's armThis is my first post in my “How to Handle Parental Abduction” series. Parental abduction is a more common experience than one would believe. Often times, when a family dissolves, people start to take matters into their own hands. In this article I am going to discuss the wrong way and the right way to react when your child’s other parent fails to return the child.

Understanding what constitutes parental kidnapping in Las Vegas, Nevada

Nevada is a state that presumes parents should share joint custody of their children. This means that if you are a Las Vegas parent, and you do not have a child custody order, then the law assumes that each parent has an equal right to be in custody of the child or children. If you do not have a custody order, and the other parent is refusing to give you the child, then he or she cannot be compelled to do so. If you have a custody order, however, and a parent is keeping the child in violation of it, then that parent may be committing parental kidnapping.

If your child’s other parent has committed parental kidnapping then it is important that you do not take the law into your own hands. Nevada allows for a process for you to regain custody with the assistance of law enforcement.

A discussion of how to regain custody of your child if parental kidnapping has occurred in Las Vegas, Nevada

There is a process that can have a child returned in some circumstances on the same day.  In my following posts I will discuss some of the options you can explore in order to have your children returned to you legally and safely. Also, I provide an overview of the topic in the following video:

Topics we will discuss in this series:

  • When you may be permitted to file for a pick up order
  • The process of obtaining a pick up order
  • What to do once you’ve received a pick up order
  • What happens after you’ve picked up the child

If your child has been the victim of parental kidnapping then it is imperative that you contact an attorney immediately.


1 Comment

  1. Chris Russell

    My son was living with my fiance and i, custody of my son was supposed to be one month on one month off. But after he was returned after a visit with his mom his behaviour was different and certain things he said and how he acted provoked us to keep him and ask the mother to sign a document outlining the rules and guidelines regarding our son. She refused and so we kept him until finally we decided to let her visit him. She asked to take him for the weekend to her home, which we recently found out was out of state. She signed a promissory note stating when she would return him and called law enforcement to ensure her taking him. She then refused to communicate with us until after the day of promised return stating she wasn’t bringing him back. Does the promissory note hold as anything in this matter?

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