A select few Georgia fathers and mothers know what it feels like to be "left behind" parents. That term is used to describe international child custody situations in which parents from the United States are forced to return home without the children that the other parent took to another country without permission or legal authority to do so.
That has long been a common situation where Japan is concerned, with many Japanese mothers summarily taking children back to their home country and thereafter resisting all attempts of the other non-Japanese parent to maintain contact with them. Japanese courts have been routinely obliging in helping mothers block visitation efforts by the other parent, the rationale being a cultural belief that women are the best caretakers of children's needs. Japanese law allows for only one parent to have custody and, by default, that parent is almost always the mother.