Missing girl found with non-custodial parent in another state


A Virginia non-custodial parent sometimes makes the mistake of abducting a child from his or her custodial parent. The non-custodial parent may believe this to be an act of love but it is an illegal act negatively impact a child's future, as well as have serious legal consequences for the non-custodial parent.

Residents of Alexandria, Virginia, probably know when abduction of a child by a non-custodial parent seeking child custody is an increasing concern for federal and state agencies across the United States. Existing laws to stop parental abduction only add to the confusion, as various provisions on various issues were not clear.

In a suspected case of parental kidnapping, a teenage girl was reported missing by her father and then was found with her non-custodial parent, her mother, in another state. The 13-year-old girl was considered missing and endangered and was last seen leaving her junior high school. Police officials stated that school video security tapes showed the missing girl heading toward a car parked in the school parking lot. The car was driven away by a woman who was also seen on school security footage.

The teen's father has sole legal custody of the child. Police officers suspected that the girl left school with the intention to travel across state lines to her mother's house, which was the first place they looked after she was reported missing.

To deal with these issues, the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act, or UCCJEA, was introduced as an improved version of earlier two laws enacted to stop parental abduction by providing the legal power to cross state lines to enforce civil child custody orders. The main objective of this law is to establish jurisdiction if parents live in different states and provide rules to discourage non-custodial parents from getting a custody order in the state where they reside to compete with the enforcement of a child custody order from another state.

Source: FOX 13, "Missing West Valley teen found in California," Mark Green, Dec. 4, 2014

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