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Orlando International Family Lawyer

The Arwani Law Firm represents Orlando families involved in international and interstate family law matters, including Orlandoans who were married in another state or country, foreign individuals married here, and parents seeking to relocate (or relocate here) with their children during or after divorce. Our attorneys have also handled difficult cases involving abduction and domestic violence, working tirelessly to ensure our clients and their children are safe and protected. Whether here in Orlando or abroad, we provide personalized, smart legal counsel that gets results. Contact our experienced Orlando international family lawyers for more information or assistance today.

Laws Affecting Child Custody Disputes, Abduction & Relocation

Our family law attorneys have experience helping parents who find themselves in a custody dispute involving more than one state or country. These disputes may arise after a parent crosses state lines or international borders with a child, intending to relocate. They may also be the result of a parent abducting a child or filing a lawsuit for custody in one state while the other parent is temporarily in another state or out of the country. In these and other difficult situations, it is important to be familiar with the laws governing interstate custody and international custody and visitation.

The Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction Act (UCCJA), the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (UCCJEA), and the Parental Kidnapping Prevention Act (PKPA) are federal laws that help courts determine which state has the authority to make a custody decision when children and their parents do not all live in the same state. The Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction is an international treaty that seeks to protect children from international abduction by a parent and provide for the safe return of children to their home country. The most common circumstances where the UCCJA, the UCCJEA, the PKPA, the Hague Convention treaty (or all four) apply are:

  • A parent and child flee to another state or country without a custody or visitation order, or in violation of a custody or visitation order
  • A parent abducts a child in violation of a custody or visitation order

Florida families are among the most diverse and international in the United States. Married couples often come from two different countries and may have children born in other states or countries. One or both spouses may also have property or business interests in multiple foreign countries or reside in multiple residences in different states or countries. But while interstate and international divorce and custody cases are becoming increasingly common in Florida, few attorneys have experience with the international aspects of family law. Our attorneys work with the laws of other states and countries to effectively advise clients who have family law cases involving interstate and international issues.

The Arwani Law Firm is prepared to assist you in interstate and international family law matters.

If your divorce or custody concern crosses borders, our Orlando international family lawyers can effectively assist you, from choosing the best forum for filing a legal action to enforcing custody orders in another state to resolving issues regarding international treaties. Please contact our office in Orlando to schedule a consultation with a member of our team.

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