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How the Hague Convention protects against child abduction

Arizona parents who are getting a divorce and who are concerned that the other parent might try to take their child to another country may not be aware that the Hague Convention covers international child abductions. The United States is one of more than 90 countries that have signed the treaty. The International Child Abduction Remedies Act is a federal statute that also covers the issue. Theoretically, when a parent in the United States files a petition in either state or federal court, a child under the age of 16 who has been gone for less than a year is supposed to be returned immediately if the other country is also a signatory. However, this is not always the case.

Keeping children's needs in mind through a divorce

An Arizona couple could create increased turmoil for their children by delaying divorce in some situations. They might avoid initiating divorce proceedings in order to attempt to resolve differences, but as the decision end their marriage is made, prolonging the matter could lead to greater difficulties for children. The desire to reconcile can create delays, especially if one or both spouses are conflicted because of issues such as religious beliefs, family pressures, or even concern for the impact on children. Although a delay may allow marital differences to be resolved, it could also lead to a longer period of uncertainty for one's children.

Parenting plans as strong foundations for the future

The emotional turmoil of divorce can be amplified when children are involved. In a best-case scenario, Arizona parents can get along well enough to coparent and can also shield their children from some of the worst fallout from the divorce. One of the tools for doing this is a detailed parenting plan.

Co-parenting successfully

When an Arizona couple shares a child but are no longer together, getting along for the sake of the child may be difficult. It is a good idea to try to do so, however, as children have been shown to fare better if they have the benefit of good relationships with both parents.

Parenting time for special events

While some people have flexible parenting plans or have not yet been through the court process, it is important that certain things are clear when determining child custody issues in Arizona and other states. The holidays provide one example where parents may fight because both parties want to spend special occasions with their children. One may not have enough time to go through the court process if a holiday or big event is coming up, so here are a few tips for working out an arrangement.

Helping Arizona parents keep their kids in the country

If an individual was married to and had a child with a foreign spouse, there is a chance that the child may be taken to the former spouse's home country. Those who believe that their former spouse would take his or her child outside of the United States can register that complaint with the appropriate court. Doing so may give the American spouse sole custody of the child on a temporary basis.

Domestic violence and child custody

Domestic violence is an issue in Arizona that sometimes affects child custody case outcomes. People who have committed domestic abuse against their significant others may sometimes be given parenting time or legal decision-making for their children in some cases.

Testing for marijuana may result in a false positive

As some Arizona parents have found, child custody and visitation disputes may be complicated by one parent showing positive on a drug test. A study done in Germany reports that false positives are sometimes produced from hair strand tests that show the presence of marijuana. According to the study, those who use cannabis may transfer the metabolites measured in hair testing through marijuana smoke, hands, sweat or sebum. With the numbers of marijuana users estimated at between 125 and 127 million worldwide, it is the most popular illicit drug.

Reunification therapy treatment and child custody

Arizona parents who are in the middle of a custody dispute might find that the children involved might have to undergo reunification therapy mandated by a court. This type of therapy, which is still a controversial treatment, has been and might continue to be used in cases where a parent blames the other parent of turning the children against them during a divorce, or alienating the parent.

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