Georgialee Lang's Lawdiva Blog offers valuable insight from a lawyer who works out of Vancouver and regularly handles cross-border custody cases. In describing the outcome of three Hague Abduction Convention cases from this summer, Lawdiva explains that for these cases:
the endings were bitter-sweet. In all cases the children were returned, but returning home merely signals the beginning of long, ugly, expensive, custody/access battles where neither parent wins, and the children lose.
Ms. Lang's post offers frank discussion of an unfortunate situation. International child abductors seldom enjoy "success" as a result of their abductions. Most the time, courts order children's returns. The costs of the return just add to the price tag of what will likely turn into a prolonged custody battle.