It took 3½ years for a 41-year-old mother to be able to meet her 7-year-old daughter on a regular basis after her husband left home with the girl in 2012.

Although she filed a complaint with a local family court, her husband stalled the hearings, saying he was "busy."

"I was saddened by not being able to watch my daughter grow during the prolonged trial," said the woman, a company executive who asked not to be named.