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Parental Child Abduction

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Unfortunately relationships sometimes break down and one of the most common difficulties international families face is where their children should live after separation. Sometimes one parent decides to take matters into their own hands and remove a child from one country and take them to another without consent – this is known as parental child abduction.

Parental Child Abduction is a Criminal Offence

Parental child abduction is a criminal offence and happens when anyone connected with a child takes them out of the UK for more than 28 days without the consent of the other person who has parental responsibility for the child, or a consenting order from the courts.

You should contact your local police station immediately if your child has been taken overseas without your consent or if you fear your child will be abducted.

Hague Convention Aims to Ensure the Return of a Child

The Hague Convention is an agreement between a number of countries that aims to ensure the return of a child after parental child abduction. If your child has been taken out of the UK to a country that has signed up to The Hague Convention or another international agreement, then the child should be returned to the country where they normally live so that the issues such as residence and contact can be settled within the UK.

If your child has been taken to a country that has not signed The Hague Convention then you may need to apply for custody and permission to bring your child back to the UK through the courts of that country.

Hattons Legal Service

At Hattons we understand the distress and anxiety you will be experiencing if your child has been abducted. We recommend that you call us as soon as possible as we have the expertise and experience to advise you of your best options in a parental child abduction case.

We cover all aspects of family law and offer very competitive rates and payment plans to ease the financial pressure. Costs can be discussed at the initial appointment. Click this link to check if you qualify for Legal Aid.

For more information regarding parental child abduction or to hear about our family and child law services call our expert legal team on 0800 298 9690 or alternatively fill in the Call Back Request form to the right of this screen.

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