Parental Child Abduction Law and 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)].