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Texas man fights to get son back from Brazil

A child abduction is every parent's worst nightmare, but in some cases, the abductor is actually the other parent. Parental abductions are more common than many people would think, and when they cross over into other countries, they can turn into incredibly challenging and lengthy legal battles. One Texas man is finding this out firsthand.

According to reports, the man's wife took their 4-year-old son to a wedding in Brazil in 2013 and never returned. Now 6 years old, the child goes to school in Brazil, and the mother was awarded full custody by the Brazilian courts. The father has visitation every eight weeks for a couple of hours in the afternoon. The man is now asking the Texas State Department and his congressman to help him get his son back in the United States. However, this could be more complicated than it might initially seem.

Even though both the Texas and Brazilian courts have ruled that the mother illegally took the child to Brazil, the judge in the case refuses to send the child to the United States because he seems to be "well-settled" in Brazil. The father has filed for the child's return under the Hague Convention — the agreement many countries subscribe to that lays out how to deal with international custody cases.

While many parents have fleeting thoughts of taking their children and leaving the country during custody disputes, this is never a good idea. Going through the courts and filing for custody changes can be a time-consuming and sometimes frustrating process but going through the proper legal channels is the best way to deal with these matters.

Source: CBS News, "Dad battles for custody of son, says ex-wife illegally abducted him," Nov. 17, 2015

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