Jeremy Renner's Divorce Highlights Need for Caution in Preventing Parental Kidnapping


Jeremy Renner, best known for his role as Hawkeye in the Marvel film franchise, was married to Canadian model Sonni Pacheco for less than one year, but their split has proven to be complicated by Renner's fear that Pacheco might try taking their 21-month-old daughter Ava back to Canada without his consent.

Parental kidnapping refers to situations where one parent takes the child away without the other parent's permission. Parental kidnapping may include cases where one parent is a citizen of another country and tries to leave this country with the child, or it may refer to cases where one parent disappears to an unknown location in order to avoid allowing the child to have a relationship with his or her other parent.

As a precautionary measure, experts recommend making sure you have a file with up to date photos and videos of your child, as well as fingerprints that can be used for identification purposes. Any identifying information you can provide about your child's other parent, including a passport number, Social Security number, and driver's license number, is also useful. If your child is old enough, make sure he or she understands how to use a telephone to make collect calls, and has your number as well as the number of an alternative contact person memorized in case an emergency does occur.

If your ex takes your child outside of the area your custody agreement covers, you should contact local law enforcement officials right away. In the event of a kidnapping, every second counts. You can also call the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 800-843-5678. The 24-hour hotline lets you report a missing child and receive location assistance. For international kidnapping, try contacting the federal Office of Children’s Issues at 888-407-4747.

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