Paola Arzu Stange, Esq. to speak at upcoming CLE Seminar: International Child Abduction Risk

The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis Announces Upcoming CLE Seminar: International Child Abduction Risk: Hague Convention, Enforcement & Drafting Appropriate Plans
Paola Arzu Stange, Esq.
Paola Arzu Stange, Esq.
ST. LOUIS - Nov. 12, 2013 - PRLog -- According to The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, in 2010 there were nearly 2,000 parental abductions in which the child was taken out of the United States.  This may be attributed to rising divorce rates and the increasing access of international travel.

The effects on children can be devastating--being torn away from a mother or father whom they have a right to know--to be taken to a foreign country and culture, not to mention losing half of their identity.  International parental abduction is a federal crime.

Currently, the United States is encouraging other countries to sign on to the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. Thus far, it has been ratified by more than 80 countries.

Purpose of Seminar

This seminar will help participants identify those families at risk for child abduction and will learn about and understand the Hague Convention and how it applies to international custody disputes.

Participants will learn how to draft parenting plans to prevent abduction before it occurs or will be able to withstand scrutiny by a foreign court should an abduction take place.

This is crucial information to know.  In today’s news, there are divorce cases in which children are abducted and taken to foreign countries, sometimes never to return.

Register today for this seminar and you will gain invaluable insight to the Hague Convention on child abduction and be able to draft parenting plans accordingly.

Seminar Details


Friday, December 6, 2013
From 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.


Sheraton Clayton Plaza
7730 Bonhomme Ave.
Saint Louis, Missouri  63105
United States


Shannan Deemie
Phone: 314-421-4134 x 3120


International Child Abduction Risk: Overview of The Hague Convention, Its Enforcement

and Drafting Appropriate Parenting Plans.

1.2 MO MCLE Hours

Online registration is available until: 12/3/2013


Cynthia Garnholz, Esq.

Cynthia Garnholz is a partner at The Center for Family Law, where her practice is entirely devoted to assisting families in matters including divorce, custody, support, paternity, probate and estate planning.

She has been practicing law for over thirty years and is also a collaborative practitioner, mediator, and guardian ad litem for children in family court proceedings. Ms. Garnholz regularly serves as a special prosecutor in Domestic Violence Court, where persistent violators of orders of protection are prosecuted, and as a court attorney for adult abuse matters where she assists the court in developing parenting plans for children to have safe contact with parents involved in adult abuse proceedings.

Ms. Garnholz was awarded her Juris Doctorate at Washington University.

Ms. Garnholz is a founding member of the Collaborative Family Law Association where she has served as board member and officer, and is actively involved in the International Association of Collaborative Practitioners (IACP), Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC), Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, Women Lawyers Association of Greater St. Louis, and the Missouri Bar.

She presently serves as a provisional judge for St. Louis County Municipal Court and as an alderman in the City of Clayton.

Paola Arzu Stange, Esq.

Paola Arzu Stange, Esq. is a managing partner of Stange Law Firm, PC, a law firm she co-founded in 2007 with husband, Kirk C. Stange, Esq. Ms. Stange is a Collaborative Family Law Attorney, a Mediator, and a Guardian ad Litem.  Her inclination toward management and numbers steered her to the business side of practicing law.  Ms. Stange has been instrumental in the growth of the firm, which now includes eight offices in the St. Louis metropolitan area in Missouri and Illinois.  According to the St. Louis Business Journal, Stange Law Firm ranks as one of the St. Louis areas largest law firms. "Six firms are new to this year’s list.  Stange Law Firm and eight other firms ranked 52nd. . .”

Ms. Stange is on the Board of Directors for Kids in the Middle, a high honor she accepted in 2012.

More recently, Ms. Stange has been selected as a Super Lawyer Rising Star through Missouri and Kansas Super Lawyers in 2013. Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state receive this honor.

Prior to her practice at Stange Law Firm, PC, Ms. Stange served as a volunteer with Legal Aid and has tried numerous domestic family law cases.  She served as counsel in domestic jury trials in Georgia and is a graduate of the prestigious ABA Family Law Section Trial Advocacy Institute.

Ms. Stange was one of five Guardian ad Litems selected by St. Louis County Circuit Court Staff and Judges in 2011 to receive the Outstanding Volunteer Domestic Violence Guardian ad Litem Award.  She also served on the St. Louis County Rules Committee in 2010 where new local court rules were drafted and ultimately adopted.

Ms. Stange received her Juris Doctorate at Emory University School of Law where she was a member of the Moot Court Society.  She was recognized by local judges and law school professors as a distinguished member of the Lamar Inn of Court for her skills as a litigator.

The Honorable John R. Essner

Judge Essner was appointed associate circuit judge in July 1999.

For more than twenty years Judge Essner was an attorney for Legal Services of Eastern Missouri and was responsible for direction of the Volunteer Lawyers Program.

Judge Essner is a member of the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, the St. Louis County Bar Association, the Lawyers Assoication, Women Lawyers Association and the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts.

Judge Essner resides in St. Louis County with his family.

Program Chair:

Cynthia Garnholz, Esq., The Center for Family Law

Program Agenda:

11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Registration/Lunch

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Program

In-Person Registration:

Student Members - No Lunch FREE

Student Members - Lunch $20.00

BAMSL Members - No Lunch $15.00

BAMSL Members - Lunch $35.00

Non Members - No Lunch $40.00

Non Members - Lunch $60.00

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BAMSL Members $20.00

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