Desperate measures

Parents resort to underhanded methods to get kids back

Parents resort to underhanded methods to get kids back

Anguish and desperation.

These are what a parent feels after his or her ex-spouse disappears with the children, and such emotions can sometimes drive them to underhanded means to get the kids back.

Often, these parents feel that taking the legal route will be time-consuming, lengthy and costly; it is therefore no wonder that many have resorted to desperate means to get their children back.


A Singaporean man returned from Britain in 2003 only to find that his wife had left for Taiwan, taking their two children along.

He engaged private investigators, who successfully tracked the whereabouts of the woman and the kids. More than four months later, the man managed to physically snatch the children back into his care in Shanghai.

He brought the children back to Singapore and a consent order on the issue was eventually reached.


Her American mother wanted her, so did her Singaporean father.

While the custody battle was being fought in Singapore in 2012, the mother left suddenly with the then six-year-old to the US and tried applying to a court there for sole custody of the girl.

Having attained a court order for custody of the child, the man contacted his wife to say he had made a police report and Interpol had also been informed.

And unless she returned with their daughter, she would be on its wanted list. Afraid of being arrested, the mother returned to Singapore, only to have the girl taken from her.


Last month, a 30-year-old woman engaged a child abduction recovery agency to snatch her son back.

The father, a Singaporean, had squirrelled him here, despite a British court order placing the two-year-old under the mother's care.

Instead of going through the Family Court here, the Britain-based woman sneaked into the country in a hired catamaran from Malaysia's Langkawi.

She was jailed for 10 weeks for entering Singapore illegally.