My Life As A Litigator

As a litigator who has represented clients in an assortment of complex legal matters including but not limited to international family law matters including divorce or child abduction as well as other civil or criminal matters that require my skills as a litigator, my experience and insight has been invaluable to individuals in crisis. As a Board of Director of the I CARE Foundation, I take great pride in playing an important role in an organization that has helped reunite many children of abduction, protected many others from being kidnapped, and has created multiple outreach initiatives to stop abduction and trafficking.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

New York Family Law Attorney Joel Walter: Best Way To Prevent International Child Abduction In Hiigh Conflict Divorce

As a highly experienced criminal defense and family law litigator practicing law in New York for nearly 40 years, I have participated in a wide variety of legal defense cases and challenging, complex family law disputes, including international parental child abduction cases.

Some of my more memorial and important criminal defense cases included representing women who were charged with criminal acts in defense of heinous acts of domestic violence and abuse.  In fact, my area of expertise in this area brought me to make special guest appearances on noteworthy television shows such as the Oprah Winfrey Show and Court TV. Unquestionably, no person, particularly women should ever be imprisoned into a life of abuse.

Speaking of abuse, outside of the brutal acts of physical violence directed at defenseless spouses or partners, which always comes with psychological abuse, I find nothing more repulsive outside of murder than the act of international parental child abduction.

This is why I agreed to join the board of directors of the I CARE Foundation - to stop child abduction!

Now many of you may not be aware of the term 'international parental child abdution' that is defined by the act of one parent illegally removing from the country or wrongfully detaining a child from a partnership or marriage in violation of a court's orders and without the consent of the child's other parent.

in the vast majority of these crimes against children, a parent seeking to typically relocate to another country without the other parent recognizes the legal difficulty associated with international relocation and mobility because the other parent will often not consent to a relocation of the child of the relationship to another country. So they scheme and plot - and internationally abduct the child.

Along the way, parent-abductors will attempt to brainwash the child that the other parent is a threat to both child and the abducting parent.  This occurs because the abductor needs the child to in essence sanction the criminal act of kidnapping!

The impact on the child? Not only are they denied the love of the other parent, but their identity is stolen.  So is their childhood!

Sadly, children of international parental abduction suffer from short and long-term trauma.

With over 100,000 American children alone expected to be internationally abducted by one parent from another over the next 10 years, and many times this forecaster number expected to be targeted for abduction, it is critical that parents be aware of the warning signs of abduction and no how to act if an abduction is in progress.

It is imperative that parents in high-conflict relationships realize that international child abduction is a real and growing threat to the safety of our nation's children.  This is magnified is cases of strained relationships between multi-cultural partnerships and marriages.

Remember, the best way to recover your child from abduction is to prevent it from happening.

If you or a loved one has concerns about a potential international parental child abduction, please contact the Law Offices of Joel Walter & Associates or call 212.566.3900.

~~ Joel Walter~~
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