Choosing to adopt a child is likely the most important decision you will ever make. It is never one to enter into lightly. Adopting a child is also not a fast process. As soon as you start thinking about adoption, however, there are some important things you need to consider. Thinking about the following questions now will help you better decide if adoption is the right fit for you and your family.
As noted in a previous blog, the model Uniform Child Abduction Prevention Act was put forth by the Uniform Law Commission in 2006 and subsequently adopted by Tennessee to discourage and prevent the abduction of children. The act applies to both domestic and international abductions and is a logical extension if the provisions of the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement, which also has been adopted by Tennessee.
In 1999, some 262,000 children were abducted in the United States, 78 percent of them by family members because of child-custody battles gone awry, according to the U.S. Justice Department. All states, including Tennessee, have statutes that address child-custody and visitation arrangements and punishments for child abductions, but prevention mechanisms have always been inadequate.
If a child custody dispute heats up, a parent often ends up making a hasty decision and, as a result, the parent ends up on the wrong side of the law. Clarksville, Tennessee, residents may have come across a recent news report about one such child custody dispute, which involved a 4-year-old boy with American and Chinese citizenship, an American father, a Chinese mother, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and a United Airlines flight en route to Beijing that returned to the U.S. five hours after takeoff.
Custody disputes in Montgomery, Tennessee, can occur between parents that live either in the same or different states. There are also cases where the two parents live in different countries altogether. These custody battles, which cross national boundaries, can take a heavy toll on both the parents and their children.
Most Tennessee couples may agree that parents go out of their way to do everything for their child and to be there for him or her. However, a mother went to such lengths to be with her son that she committed an international abduction of her child. The child was recently reunited with his father after four years.
Most Tennessee parents would do anything for their children. During the often difficult process of divorce, many parents are pushed to their extremes. Ill-fated court agreements and unfair child custody arrangements can result for some parents. Under pressure of losing the right to see their children, a handful of parents have taken to the extreme, fleeing the country with their child. International abduction is one of the gray areas of divorce that can often lead to conflict and unpredictable results. But for many parents, it is worth the fight to gain their kids back.
Divorce can be a different experienced for everyone. Many individuals are able to get the most out of their former marriage while others feel like they're getting the short end of the stick. One of the most disputed issues in divorce is child custody. Determining who gets to keep the kids or how often one parent gets to see them can often lead to a bitter custody battle. But what happens when one parent takes the kids and flees to another country? Two Tennessee boys are currently stuck right in the middle of their parent's international custody battle.