Child Custody Bond

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Bond Penalty: At discretion of the Court

Unfortunately, family separation and the resultant controversy between domestic partners of the custody and care of partners' children is too common. Where a custodial partner has well-founded concerns about the return of a minor child by the non-custodial parent, a court may determine that an order in insufficient and order that financial assurance be offered to secure the child's return. The most common form of guarantee for court obligations is a child custody bond.

A child custody bond is most often required when a parent is a foreign national and/or intends to travel to a location outside of the court's jurisdiction. The Uniform Child Custody Act, adopted nationally provides strong mechanisms to compel return of a minor child, by seizure if necessary. Outside of the United States the UCCA has no binding effect, leaving the custodial parent without any remedy or recourse in the case of a parental kidnapping. Generally a child custody bond guarantees solely return of the child to the custodial parent pursuant to a specific schedule or on a specific date however because the non-custodial parent has obligations to the child's safety and welfare the surety bond can be construed to require performance of those obligations and/or avoidance of certain persons, places or things that endanger the child.

A child custody bond must be issued by a surety company with a certificate of authority in the "home state" of the child, or be qualified to undertake surety obligations in the jurisdiction from which the order is emitted. Quoting a judicial bond is accomplished by a surety bond underwriter with knowledge of the applicable statutes and the manuscripting of court bonds. Surety One, Inc. specializes in surety bonds for federal, state and local trial courts and courts of appeals. Application submissions are reviewed and responded to within one hour of receipt. We are the most agile bond underwriter in the United States. Call (800) 373-2804, email us at or click here for a live chat with an underwriter for further information or to discuss your child custody bond or other litigation surety need.

Surety bond application review and quoting are free of charge. There is no obligation to purchase.

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Additional Attachments

  • Copy of the child custody bond order