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Law Offices of Lawrence S. Katz, P.A.


Powerful representation in difficult cases

In complex international child custody cases, courts consider myriad overlapping laws and practical concerns, including the Hague Abduction Convention and state laws, in addition to the best interests of the children, the citizenship status of the parents involved and other factors. At The Law Offices of Lawrence S. Katz, P.A., we have the experience you need to protect your rights. Since 1968, we have steadily increased our knowledge and insight in these matters. We are fully equipped to see American and international clients successfully through divorce, child abduction and other family law matters.

International child custody

When parents reside or wish to reside in different countries, child custody can become very highly contested. A body of international law, including the Hague Abduction Convention and various country-specific laws, governs aspects of divorce and child custody determinations, in addition to how to go about asserting and defending parental rights.

If an ex-spouse takes your child to another country without permission from the court, it may be necessary to issue a federal Unlawful Flight to Avoid Prosecution (UFAP) warrant. Our experienced international child custody lawyer collaborates with you to find the best strategy to meet your goals and for relocation or reunification with your child.

International child support

The enforcement of U.S. child support orders abroad is governed by international reciprocity agreements the United States has established with certain other countries and the Hague Maintenance Convention. If the United States has a reciprocity agreement with the country in question, we take steps to help you seek relief through the international agreement. The U.S. has ratified the Hague Maintenance Convention and it can also be utilized.

Experience on which you can rely

When parents and children are separated by thousands of miles, parties must engage creative problem-solving skills and flexibility to structure time-sharing arrangements that serve the best interests of their children. Unless a parent is unfit or presents a danger to the child, both parents should be a part of their children’s lives.

Our firm is among the select few in the United States handling complex interstate and international family law cases and child abductions. Mr. Katz has mentored, consulted or been counsel of record in more than 300 Hague Abduction Convention and child abduction cases. He has extensive experience in negotiating settlements and has been called upon as an expert witness in international matters.

Contact our international custody and support lawyer today

Our international child custody and child support attorney has been AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell® since 1976. He has the experience to handle even the most complicated international family law issues. Call The Law Offices of Lawrence S. Katz, P.A. today at 786-991-2629 or contact us online to schedule a consultation to discuss your case. Our office is conveniently located near the Dadeland South Metrorail, and se habla español.


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