Authorities Searching for Man Accused of Parental Abduction
While it’s normal and even expected to be upset at having limited time with your children after a divorce or losing a custody battle, it’s always important to respect the court’s decision and take any further action through the appropriate legal channels. Making spur of the moment decisions can backfire later on down the line and negatively affect another bid for custody or increased visitation rights. According to reports, INTERPOL was looking for four children who were believed to have been taken overseas by their father. The mother said that she had been worried about this possibility for quite some time after a contentious divorce and custody battle over the couple’s children. It appears that the incident began after the father did not return the children after a European vacation. The children’s mother believes he may have taken them to the Middle East, where he had ties.
The arrest warrant was issued for the man, a doctor who was known for working with Syrian refugees, across all of Canada, and the children are listed on the website for INTERPOL. However, some of those close to the case say that the man is a good father and has just been having a hard time dealing with the aftermath of the divorce and custody battle. One acquaintance of the father alleged that the mother had been making it difficult for the father to spend time with the children.
While there are always two sides to every story, not returning the children to a custodial parent after a visitation time is never a good idea, regardless of the circumstances. This can lead to consequences such as decreased time with the children later on or limitations imposed on parenting time.
Source: AM 730, “UPDATE: BC doctor wanted for abducting his children,” Charmaine de Silva, Aug. 26, 2015