International child abduction

Where a child is taken to or kept in a country that is not their usual country of residence without the consent of both parents the child may be considered to have been abducted and recourse may be available through the courts. In addition, where one parent decides to take their child to another country or keep them there without the consent of the other parent they may be committing a criminal offence.

If your child has been abducted from the UK or you believe they are at risk of this, they have been brought to the UK without your consent or you have brought your child to the UK without the other parent’s consent and you need expert legal advice please call our team as soon as possible on 0203 816 0548 or fill in our online enquiry form. Acting quickly is essential in these cases.

 

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The Hague Convention

If your child has been abducted we may be able to help you under the Hague Convention. The Hague Convention aims to ensure the safe return of an abducted child back to their country of residence.

A Hague Convention application can be made when a child is taken to or kept in a country that is not their usual country of residence without the consent of both parents and where both countries are party to the convention.

There are a large number of countries signed up to the Hague Convention but if the country your child has been taken to is not part of the agreement we can still advise you on the other options available to you in order to secure your child’s safe return to this country. This may include applying to court here or co-operating with lawyers in the country to which your child has been taken.

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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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Why choose Stephensons?

Stephensons’ family law team have a wealth of experience in dealing with child abduction cases. We understand how distressing these cases can be and aim to get the child returned as quickly and as safely as possible. Our child abduction solicitors are approved by the leading international abduction charity – Reunite International.

If you suspect that your child has been abducted it is essential that you act quickly. To speak to a member of our specialist team please call us on 0203 816 0548 or fill in an online enquiry form and we will contact you as soon as possible.

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