Duquesne Law Review


Despite the adoption in forty-four states of the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction Act, kidnapping remains a widespread alternative for parents who seek custody of their children. The author discusses how the willingness of courts to entertain the custody petition of a parent who has kidnapped his child has provided incentive for child-snatching, and probes section 8 of the Act, which sets forth guidelines for courts to use in determining whether to hear such petitions. Selected cases are presented to illustrate a proper interpretation and application of section 8 in light of the Act's overall purpose. Finally, the author explains the role of the Parental Kidnapping Prevention Act of 1980, which represents limited federal intervention in the child custody arena.

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