One of the most painful (and
often abusive) tactics in divorce
is to take the children and just disappear.
Although there may sometimes be a good reason to abduct children (to escape
from a violent parent, for example), child
kidnapping in divorce is usually a cynical, manipulative power play that
hurts not just the other parent but also the children themselves. Ultimately,
it even places at risk the relationship between the child and the abducting
parent, although this typically won't be apparent until years later.
Somebody has estimated that half the threats of parental
abduction result in abductions. That seems high to me, but the problem
is clearly real. I don't offer direct resources here on
for child snatching in divorce, because it's a problem I don't fully understand.
What I can offer is as full access as possible to others on the web who
have tackled this thorny issue and offer what help they can: