Parental Child Abduction Law & Legal Definition

Parental abduction refers to the child abduction by parent from other parent’s care. Parental child abduction occurs during the course or after divorce proceedings.

A parent removes or retains the child from the other seeking to gain an advantage in expected or pending child-custody proceedings, or because that parent fears losing the child in those expected or pending child-custody proceedings. A person commits child abduction when s/he intentionally violates any terms of a valid court order granting sole or joint custody to another, by concealing or detaining the child or removing the child from the jurisdiction of the court. [People v. Caruso, 152 Ill. App. 3d 1074 (Ill. App. Ct. 1987)].