Child abduction solicitors

Our child abduction solicitors are able to represent parents both in this country and abroad in parental or international abduction cases. If your child has been taken without consent or you wish to move to oppose a former partner relocating with your child contact us and our parental abduction experts will be able to advise and assist you regarding your rights, call us on 0203 816 0548.

Our child abduction solicitors are approved by and are members of many key associations which enhance our ability to help you, including leading international abduction charity Reunite International.

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Child Abduction Act 1984

Subject to the Child Abduction Act 1984, a criminal offence occurs if a child is taken out of the United Kingdom by a person connected with said child without the appropriate consent. Consent must be approved by the following:

  • The child’s mother or father (dependent on who has parental responsibility)
  • The child’s guardian
  • Person with residence order for the child
  • Local Authority
  • If appropriate the Family Proceedings Court

Preventing child abduction

If you are worried that your child is at risk of being abducted by a former partner contact our child abduction lawyers as soon as possible to ensure measures are in place to prevent this from happening. Measures to prevent the abduction of a child include, obtaining a Court order, notifying the passport office that a passport should not be issued for this child (this may include contacting the embassy or consulate in another country if the other parent is of another nationality) and in some cases a port alert may be required.

Areas of specialism

  • Hague convention cases
  • International abductions
  • Parental abduction
  • Child Abduction Act 1984
  • Child abduction prevention measures

We're widely accredited for our work - family law

  • Chambers
  • Legal 500

It is our business to deliver legal services that work for our clients, you can trust our specialists to take care of things on your behalf. Over the years our family law team has been recognised by industry awards and accredited for their excellence.

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