International Child Abduction

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At Lunt, Smith & Associates, LLP, we understand how entirely distressing child custody issues can be, especially when they involve a parent taking a child to a different country without the permission of the other parent.

The Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction (Hague Convention) was created to safeguard children from abduction through an international procedure that would allow for safe return of child to his or her country so local courts in the child’s home country could resolve custody matters.

Founding lawyer Barbara L. Ornelas is very familiar with the rules and regulations of the Hague Convention, as well as the requirements necessary to prove that a child should be returned to his or her resident country. Spending more than a decade dealing with international family law issues, she has the knowledge and the proven experience to help you today.

Offering Thorough And Experienced Legal Help In International Kidnapping And Custody

A member of the Hague Convention Attorney Network, our Fort Collins international child custody and abduction attorney has trial experience in federal and state court with Hague Convention issues. She has worked with the U.S. Department of State as well as foreign governments involving the safe return of children.

Our clients are parents whose children have been secretly relocated to a different country by the other parents. Your situation could include a child who was taken from the United States to another country or from another country to the United States. If this has happened to you, our Colorado firm can help you with the return of your child under the Hague Convention. We will work with you to:

  • Help you understand international procedures for the safe return of your child
  • Identify if the country your child is found in is a member of the Hague Convention
  • File your case in the appropriate court
  • Represent your parental rights throughout the legal process

While we are determined to do everything in our power to help you locate and bring home your child, it is important to remember that international kidnapping cases are often very lengthy and complicated. Lunt, Smith & Associates, LLP, will be here for you, every step of the way.

Contact Lunt, Smith & Associates, LLP

We invite you to contact Lunt, Smith & Associates, LLP, today at 970-286-0577. Our law office hours are Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Friday from 8 a.m. to noon. Our firm accepts Visa, MasterCard and Discover credit cards. Translation services are available in Spanish, Portuguese and Polish.

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