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Child Abduction

Child abduction typically involves a parent. Often due to fear and uncertainty, a mother or father may decide to take a child from their place of residence without the consent of the other parent. This causes considerable turmoil for the child and left-behind parent. Our lawyers will sensitively advise on this specialist area of law.

For parents who have been left behind following the abduction of their children, our lawyers will work fast to ensure their safe and immediate return. The Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction (1980) helps protect abducted children. It is a legal mechanism available to parents seeking the return of, or access to, their children who have been wrongfully removed or retained in another country that is a party to the Convention.

Some countries such as the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, and Bahrain are not signatories to this convention. Remedies are available through the English courts for children abducted to these countries. Speak to one of our lawyers today for clear advice on the legal recourse available. It is important to act quickly if a child is abducted.

The Convention seeks to deal fairly and speedily with cases of parental child abduction across borders. However many expatriates that we advise are resident in countries that are not signatory to this convention. Our lawyers are experienced in the procedures required when the return of abducted children is not possible through the Hague convention.

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