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  Child Abductions  
  Children have a fundamental right to security and stability. The Tulare County District Attorney’s Office established the Child Abduction Unit to enforce custody and visitation orders, to do what is in the best interest of the child.

Children have the right to have both of their parents accessible and parents have the right of access to their children. These rights are codified in the civil and criminal statutes of the state of California.

When one parent engages in conduct which violates these laws the Tulare County District Attorney’s Child Abduction Unit may be able to help through the following services:

1. Locating and recovering abducted children
2. Enforcing child custody and visitation orders
3. Prosecuting crimes involving child abduction, detainment, and concealment

When you request the services of the District Attorney’s Office, you will be required to provide the information and/or documentation necessary to locate and determine the welfare of the child, any other relevant information required to process the case, and any change of circumstance.
 
     
     
  THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY REPRESENTS THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA AND THE SUPERIOR COURT AND IS FORBIDDEN BY LAW FROM REPRESENTING EITHER PARTY IN A CHILD CUSTODY AND/OR VISITATION DISPUTE.

YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO SEEK LEGAL ADVICE FROM A PRIVATE ATTORNEY AT YOUR OWN EXPENSE. IF YOU DO RETAIN THE SERVICES OF AN ATTORNEY, YOU MUST INFORM THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE.

CHILDREN TAKEN OUT OF THE STATE/COUNTRY:

PROSECUTION OF THE ABDUCTOR DOES NOT INSURE THE RETURN OF THE CHILD IF THE CHILD HAS BEEN TAKEN OUT OF STATE OR COUNTRY. YOU MUST COOPERATE WITH THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE TO OBTAIN A COURT ORDER ENFORCEABLE UNDER THE UNIFORM CHILD CUSTODY JURISDICTION ACT, THE FEDERAL PATERNAL KIDNAPPING ACT, OR THE HAGUE CONVENTION, OTHERWISE YOUR CHILD MAY HAVE TO BE TEMPORARILY PLACED IN THAT STATE OR COUNTRY WHEN THE ABDUCTOR IS TAKEN.

For more information contact the Office of the District Attorney at (559) 636-5494

 
     
     
 

 

 


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