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Bolivia is not a signatory to the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction (Hague Abduction Convention), nor are there any bilateral agreements in force between Bolivia and the United States concerning international parental child abduction.
Legal systems and laws pertaining to custody, divorce, and parental abduction vary widely from country to country. The government of Bolivia maintains information about custody, visitation, and family law on the Internet here.
Parents are encouraged to consult with an attorney who specializes in family law in Bolivia and who can provide legal guidance that is specific to their circumstances.
The Department of StateÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Bureau of Consular Affairs, Directorate for Overseas Citizens Services, Office of ChildrenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Issues provides assistance in cases of international parental child abduction. For U.S. citizen parents whose children have been wrongfully removed to or retained in countries that are not U.S. partners under the Hague Abduction Convention, the Office of ChildrenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Issues can provide information and resources about country-specific options for pursuing the return of or access to an abducted child. The Office of ChildrenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Issues may also coordinate with appropriate foreign and U.S. government authorities about the welfare of abducted U.S. citizen children. Parents are strongly encouraged to contact the Department of State for assistance.
U.S. Department of State
Burea of Consular Affairs
Office of ChildrenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Issues
SA-17, 9th Floor
Washington, DC 20522-1709
Parental child abduction is a crime in Bolivia. Here is a link to the website with the section of BoliviaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s penal code that addresses international parental child abduction.
Parents may wish to consult with an attorney in the United States and in the country to which the child has been removed or
retained to learn more about how filing criminal charges may impact a custody case in the foreign court. Please see Possible Solutions - Pressing Criminal Charges for more information.
Legal systems and laws pertaining to custody, divorce, and parental abduction vary widely from country to country. Parents are encouraged to consult with an attorney who specializes in family law in Bolivia and who can provide legal guidance that is specific to their circumstances.
The Office of ChildrenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Issues may be able to assist parents seeking access to children who have been wrongfully removed from or retained outside the United States. Parents who are seeking access to children who were not wrongfully removed from or retained outside the United States should contact the appropriate U.S. Embassy or Consulate in Bolivia for information and possible assistance.
Neither the Office of ChildrenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Issues nor consular officials at the U.S. Embassy or Consulates in Bolivia are authorized to provide legal advice.
The U.S. Embassy in La Paz, Bolivia posts a list of attorneys, including those who specialize in family law.
This list is provided as a courtesy service only and does not constitute an endorsement of any individual attorney. The Department of State assumes no responsibility or liability for the professional ability or reputation of, or the quality of services provided by, the persons or firms included in this list. Professional credentials and areas of expertise are provided directly by the lawyers.
In Bolivia, neither government agencies nor non-governmental organizations offer mediation services in parental child abduction cases.
The U.S. Embassy in Bolivia can be contacted at:
The Embassy of Bolivia is located in Washington, D.C. at: