How to Handle Parental Child Abduction in Pennsylvania


How to Handle Parental Child Abduction in Pennsylvania

Parental child abduction is a heartbreaking reality for many families. If you are facing the possibility of parental child abduction in Pennsylvania, it is important to understand the state and federal laws that apply in these cases. This blog will address what you need to know about parental child abduction, and how our experienced attorneys can help.

What Is Parental Child Abduction?

Parental child abduction is when one parent takes or keeps a child from another parent, without permission. A child may be kidnapped to a location very close to “home,” to a far distant state, or even across international borders. It often happens when two parents, married or not, have not established legal custodial rights and responsibilities for the child. It can also happen where there are court-ordered custodial rights and responsibilities, but one parent takes the child in contravention of the court order, and without permission from the other parent.

Pennsylvania Laws on Parental Child Abduction

In Pennsylvania, parental kidnapping is illegal, and it is established as a criminal offense under 18 Pa.C.S., §2904 (1)-(2). Under this law, it is illegal for any person, including a parent, guardian, or custodian, to take or detain a minor, under 18 years of age, with the intent to conceal the child from the child’s lawful custodian or guardian, without authorization from a court of competent jurisdiction. Violation of this law carries severe penalties for each offense, against each child.

How Our Experienced Attorneys Can Help You with Parental Child Abduction Cases

If you are facing potential parental child abduction in Pennsylvania, our experienced attorneys at LaMonaca Law can help protect your rights, and those of your children, by ensuring that what is done in your case complies with applicable state and federal laws, and if necessary, with international conventions, regarding parental kidnapping. We will work closely with you through every step of the process—from filing initial paperwork with the court, through final resolution, wherever that course may lead—to ensure that your interests, as well as those of your children, are properly represented. Moreover, our team is experienced in providing compassionate yet aggressive representation, aimed at obtaining favorable outcomes, for clients facing potential parental child abduction cases.

No matter what type of parental kidnapping situation you may face in Pennsylvania, it is important to understand your legal rights and options, so you can make informed decisions about how best to protect yourself and your children at this difficult time. At LaMonaca Law, our experienced attorneys have successfully handled numerous cases involving actual and potential parental abduction matters over the years, helping countless clients secure favorable resolutions for themselves and their children. If you are dealing with potential parental abduction issues, contact us today to learn more about how we can help protect your rights.

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About Lawrence Welsh

A funny thing happened to Larry (Lawrence C. Welsh) on the way to his professional career in the practice of law. After graduating from college and before entering law school, he took an extended tour through the hospitality industry, working his way through both the service and business sides of hotels, restaurants and resorts in six states and the District of Columbia. Taking the business acumen and the ever-watchful attention to detail so well-honed during that experience into his lifelong passion to practice law has led Larry to his position as Chief Legal Counsel and head of the firm’s Forensic Support Team. Before joining the firm, Larry worked in the public defender’s office, through which he added an array of advocacy skills and trial experience to his resume. Since joining the firm in 2003, Larry has handled a full range of family law issues, which he continues to do, while lending experience and direction to others in the firm, particularly where and when the resources of the Forensic Support Team are most appropriate. Larry is also licensed in New Jersey, and he leads the firm’s New Jersey team operations. Larry is a multi-year “Top Lawyer” honoree in Main Line Today magazine, and he has been named as an “Awesome/Top Attorney” for family law and divorce in Suburban Life Magazine. Larry is an active member of the bar associations and family law sections of Delaware County, Chester County, and the state of Pennsylvania.