Senator Jane Nelson
P.O. Box 12068, State Capitol
Austin, Texas 78711
Tel. (512) 463-0112
Fax (512) 463-0923

May 28, 2003
Contact: Dave Nelson
(512) 463-0112


AUSTIN -- The Texas Senate today gave final approval to HB 1899 sponsored by State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Lewisville, in order to prevent children from international abductions. The bill now goes to Governor Perry's desk.

"This legislation will give our courts the tools they need to prevent children from being abducted into foreign countries where they are out of the reach of our laws. No child should be forcibly separated from their mother or father, and the courts must step in to protect that child whenever there is a flight risk," Senator Nelson said. "International child abduction is not only devastating to the child and parent, it creates an enormous financial burden both for the parent and for the government to recover and return the missing child."

HB 1899 relates to divorce cases in which one of the parents is a citizen of a foreign country that does not recognize or cooperate with U.S. custody laws. If the court determines that one parent is a flight risk, sole managing conservatorship must be awarded to the other parent. The court may also restrict visitation, require supervised visitation and restrict passports, visas and travel.

Senator Nelson represents Senate District 12, which includes the communities of northern Tarrant and southern Denton counties and parts of the city of Fort Worth.