Many individuals live in multiple states and countries throughout their lifetime. Individuals may relocate for any number of reasons, including career opportunities or family responsibilities. When parents relocate to another state or country, child custody, and support issues must be modified and parent-child relationships protected. At Maxim Smith, we help parents craft agreements with an eye on preventing their children from being abducted to another state or foreign country. Attorney Allison Maxim also helps to relocate parents lawfully obtain the permission they need to move away with their children. Located in St. Paul, Minnesota, Maxim Smith represents clients locally in the Twin Cities and surrounding suburbs, as well as throughout the United States and around the globe.
Hague Convention Lawyer: Assisting With International Relocation
When one parent decides to relocate to another state or country with his or her children, the entire family unit is affected. The logistics of coordinating parenting time become more complex and costly, and the move can result in the breakdown of parent-child relationships. In addition, if the parent is moving to a foreign country, the laws of that country may result in the non-relocating parent being denied access to his or her child.
At Maxim Smith Family Law Attorneys, we help parents protect their parent-child bonds. Whether you are a parent who wishes to relocate with your child or a parent who seeks to prevent your child from being relocated out of state or to a foreign country, we can help you navigate the complicated legal and practical issues that arise in these situations.
St. Paul International Child Abduction Attorney
If your child’s other parent has removed your child to another country without your agreement, there is hope. At Maxim Smith, we help parents prevent the removal of their children to foreign countries and assist parents in obtaining the return of their children by asserting their interests under relevant state and federal law.
In Minnesota, parents must request permission from their child’s other parent or the court before relocating out of the state with their children. If the other parent does not agree to the move, the court will evaluate several factors to determine whether the parent will be allowed to move.
When parents wish to relocate out of the country, additional factors must be evaluated. If the foreign country is not part of the Hague convention, courts may be hesitant to permit a move that may result in the non-relocating parent’s inability to enforce his or her parental rights.