Singapore Tackles Parental Child Abductions
New rules set to close loopholes in current law
Singaporean authorities are set to introduce a new piece of legislation that will prevent divorcing parents from fleeing the country with children reports Straits Times.
According to the report, the measure will “empower agencies such as the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) to stop a parent, who has been prohibited by a court order from taking the child out of the country, from leaving Singapore with the child.”
Although it is illegal to take a child who is under a custody order, care order and control order without the authority of both the parents or a court’s consent, there have been a few cases where parents have managed to take their children and leave the country.
A family lawyer spoke to Strait Times and said this is because the court sends an order to the parents but not to the ICA.
The ICA is now working in conjunction with the Family Justice Courts (FJC) on the legislation.
Parental child abduction is a prevalent problem in several countries. Child custody battles can get ugly and there have been several cases of parental child abductions in Thailand and other Southeast Asian countries.
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