American Husband and Chinese Wife meet overseas while Husband is serving in the military. In time, they marry and their Son is born on a US military base.
After Husband completes his service, Husband, Wife and Son move to Utah.
Husband and Wife’s marriage breaks down and they divorce. Husband and Wife agree to joint legal custody of Son … despite Wife’s alleged assault on Husband with a knife and Wife’s arrest for child neglect.
As part of their divorce, Husband and Wife agree that Son can travel to China with Wife to visit with relatives.
Husband saw Wife and Son off to the airport in 2014 on such a visit. They were expected back in six weeks.
But Wife and Son never returned. They remain in China.
Son no longer speaks English and does not appear to go to school.
Husband has enlisted the aid of the State Department, the FBI, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the Chinese Central Authority (which handles claims of international child abduction to China) and a Dutch mediator.
But a year and $50,000 later, it is not clear that much progress has been made.
And in all that time, Husband has only been able to see Son in person for a few days. Their irregular visits over Skype over frustrating and disappointing.
Husband’s quest for Son’s return is hampered because China is not a party to the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. Husband is seeking an order for sole custody based on Wife’s alleged abduction of Son but, for the same reason, that may not help much.
Read more in this Yahoo Parenting article: One Dad’s All-Out Fight for Son After Mom Abducts Him to China