When a New Jersey couple decides to get a divorce, it can be difficult to determine where the kids will spend the majority of their time. Even if both parents receive roughly equal physical custody, one parent often ends up calling the shots. This can result with this parent having control over the other parent.
The Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction provides some protection about a child being taken out of the country in violation of an existing custody order. New Jersey parents who are in this position can file a petition in either federal or state court if the other country is a signatory to the multi-national treaty. Theoretically, this should trigger the immediate return of a child under the age of 16 although the reality is often more complex.