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Parental Kidnapping

Laws current as of
December 17, 2019

Parental Kidnapping

Custody and kidnapping are complicated and it is important to try to find an experienced lawyer to help you with your case. The terms used on this page are defined generally, and may have different meanings in your state. Please consult with a lawyer about your specific state’s laws.