Great Neck, NY (PRWEB) November 23, 2011
Jacqueline Harounian of The Law Firm of Wisselman, Harounian & Associates, P.C. in Great Neck plans to testify at the full legislative meeting of Suffolk County in support of the resolution to define child concealment in the IR 1624 bill tomorrow (November 22nd). On Thursday, November 17th Jacqueline Harounian testified at the public safety committee meeting of the Suffolk County Legislature when they discussed a resolution to define “child concealment” in local laws as a way to help family abduction cases, many of which stem from custody disputes.
Jacqueline Harounian is a law partner at The Law Firm of Wisselman, Harounian & Associates, a family law firm active in parental alienation and child abduction cases, which sadly are quite common in divorce and custody cases. Ms. Harounian testified that for parents whose children are abducted in Suffolk County, the local government and our public safety officials must provide support and services. All too often, parents are advised to go to Family Court, and action is not taken until the child and abducting parent is way outside the jurisdiction. “To effectively safeguard the welfare of the children in our communities, the law must be proactive, not reactive” states Ms. Harounian.
Besides creating awareness on this issue, we also have the goal of criminalizing custodial interference on the county level. Federal kidnapping laws and New York’s Penal Law on custodial interference are not enforced fully. IR 1624 and strengthening criminal laws regarding abduction serves the best interests of children. Once the remedies available to the left behind parent include criminal prosecution, we can be assured that concealing and abducting a child does not merely result in a slap on the wrist. In New Jersey and California, among other states, concealment of a child from a lawful parent is a felony. In New York, there is no anti concealment law.
Better cooperation with parents will facilitate cooperation with other public safety officials, police, FBI and Interpol, and the courts. In our online, 24/7 world, the sooner the information is out there, the sooner the child can be reunited with the parent. By passing this legislation, Suffolk County will convey the message that our children come first, before all else.
The law firm of Wisselman, Harounian and Associates, P.C. is located in Great Neck, NY. Established in 1976, it is a highly regarded law firm with a primary concentration in matrimonial and family law. Please visit http://www.lawjaw.com for more information about the law firm.