A Brief Look at The Parental Kidnapping Prevention Act

June 26th, 2017

There are many capable Portland family law attorneys, but few have the experience of Ronald Johnston. He’s been practicing family law for more than 40 years. 

In this article, we will briefly explain the Parental Kidnapping Prevention Act (PKPA). Ronald Johnston is very familiar with the PKPA. He ligated Oregon’s first case involving the law.

The Parental Kidnapping Prevention Act was established by the federal government in 1980. Its purpose is quite simple, to prevent parents from kidnapping their children.

If you receive a child custody order that you feel is unfair, the only way it can be changed is in a court of law. Sometimes upset parents take matters into their own hands and move their child to another state.

The PKPA makes such actions illegal. The act also allows government agencies, like the FBI, to help recover children abducted by their parents.

Furthermore, the act gives courts in the state that issued the child custody order complete authority over the order. This prohibits an irate parent from seeking a better child custody order, or a modification of an existing child custody order, in a different state.

If you need the services of one of Portland’s best family law attorneys, contact Ronald Johnston today. He has the knowledge and experience to help mothers and fathers involved in complex child custody cases.



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