A father was in tears after his 4-year-old son was returned to the country by his mother and the man’s former wife. The woman was accused of abducting the boy after failing to return him to his father, who lives in Alberta. There are rules under the family law umbrella that speak to such situations regarding child custody matters, whether they happen here or abroad.
The woman fled the country with her son weeks ago. She was ordered by a judge to return the boy to his father in a designated location in Europe, but failed to show. A warrant was issued for her arrest and the only information the man received was in the form of emails from the woman assuring him that the boy was all right.
The boy, who was born in Canada, was found with his mother in her native Holland. The couple moved to Spain in March of this year and the man worked internationally. The woman left Spain to fly to Calgary without the man’s knowledge and then removed the boy from the country. The man filed a petition under the Hague Convention — an international treaty dealing with issues of child custody and access — to try to get his son back.
A lawyer who is experienced in Alberta family law may be able to assist a client in these types of custody situations. Child custody is complex and the laws that govern can be perplexing. But when a client has questions, a lawyer may be the best person to whom to turn in what are often volatile situations.