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If your child has been abducted in San Diego and you feel he or she has been taken abroad, then you should open an international child abduction case. You will have to do this in stages. First, in San Diego, immediately contact the San Diego Police Department or San Diego Sheriff Department to report your child as missing. You can also contact the San Diego District Attorney Child Abduction Unit if this is a parent related kidnapping. You also need to immediately set an emergency hearing in San Diego Superior Court where your divorce, legal separation or paternity judgment was entered. You can ask for an order for sole legal and sole physical and the District Attorney order to locate and pick up.Your First Step
Contact the U.S. Department of State which will open a child abduction case on your behalf. The Department of State has global connections with officers who have the necessary expertise and knowledge of local laws and the best solutions for each country. They can assist in filing the Application under the Hague Convention for Return of the child if the country is a member of the Hague Convention.
As above, file a missing person report with your local police department with a request that the name of your child be entered into the computer database of the National Crime Information Center (NCIC), if you believe your child has been relocated to another country.Finding Where Your Child Is
If you don’t know where your child is, locating the child should be your priority. Very often the abducting parent makes superb efforts to keep the location of the child hidden even to the extent of changing the child’s name. If you feel you know in which country the child is, the Department of State will contact its embassy or consulate in that country to make a search and if possible visit the child. You will of course need to provide detailed information about the child, the parent, and the place where the child is likely to be in as well as the citizenship of your child and much more information as requested.Other Institutions to Contact
Doppelt and Forney, APLC is a San Diego family law firm with particular expertise in dealing with child kidnapping cases both domestic and international. Additionally this well established firm handles all other legal issues relating to family law. Call them to schedule a free introductory 30-minute virtual consultation.