International Relationships, Child Abduction, Custody and Safety Issues...
12 PM EST
12 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
International Relationships, Child Abduction, Custody & Safety Issues
As the rate of international relationships increase, the resulting breakdown between couples of different nationalities and cultures has resulted in a surge of custody disputes that cross borders and can lead to long drawn out battles that result in financial ruin, parental alienation, extreme frustration, stress and volatile personalities that may threaten the safety of family members and professionals. This program will explore the complex legal issues involved in custody and abduction including cross jurisdictional practice, treaties, conflicts of law, cross cultural family issues and, most importantly, what can be done to prevent these complex situations from getting out of hand. Preventative techniques will be discussed, including pre-marriage counseling before couples of different nationalities marry, pursuing a collaborative separation and divorce to preserve the relationship of all involved, and strategies lawyers can use to diffuse these situations.
International Domestic Family Law and Lawyer Safety
In a world with significantly more tensions, and near daily news stories of mass shootings, lawyer safety is a significant concern. Family lawyers work with volatile personalities who are in the most emotional of situations. The tensions and hostility involved in divorce, custody, child support payments and property division is raising increased concerns over lawyer safety. Lawyers need to be vigilant in securing their offices, records, and person. What strategies can family lawyers use to protect themselves against retaliation from their clients and their client's spouses? How can the divorce process become more amicable?
• Melissa Kucinski, MK Family Law, PLLC
• Preston Findlay, National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
• Katharine Maddox, Maddox & Gerock, P.C.