When Child Custody Matters Cross International Borders

Navigating Hague Inquiries for Clients Throughout Illinois and Abroad

At Schaffer Family Law, Ltd., we have a special focus on cases involving international child custody disputes and abductions. These cases are overseen by The Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction, a multilateral treaty that provides a legal framework for returning an abducted child from one member country to another.

The Hague Convention does not govern the custody dispute itself, but rather decides the jurisdiction in which the custody proceedings should be held.

The Convention considers the removal of a child to be wrongful when the removal opposes a custody arrangement under the laws of the state where the child was a "habitual resident."

Family law attorney David N. Schaffer is well-versed in the Hague Convention and has successfully handled numerous international child custody disputes for clients in Illinois and throughout the world.

We can protect your parental rights whether you live outside of the U.S. and are seeking a custody attorney here or you live in Illinois and are engaged in a custody dispute involving a foreign country.

Talk to an Experienced Hague Convention Lawyer Today

From our offices in Naperville, our law firm has established a strong reputation handling child custody and kidnapping issues and Hague inquiries throughout the world. To arrange an initial consultation, please contact our law offices online or by telephone at 630-922-4500.