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International Child Abduction

Taking a child abroad without the permission of the other parent, or those with parental responsibility, where the other parent has contact or custody rights, is classified as child abduction.

Retaining a child overseas, beyond the period which permission had been granted, is also classified as child abduction.

At Jones Myers we have considerable experience in recovering children who have been abducted by a parent.

This includes the removal of the child to another part of the United Kingdom and also abroad to countries under the jurisdiction of the Hague Convention and those who are not. We also represent parents who live abroad and whose child has been abducted into the United Kingdom.

As one of the few Family Law firms who specialise in this work in the North of England we believe we are leaders in this field and have a team of specialists on hand to offer advice and support.

The Law Society Family Law protocol states that:

“Solicitors must recognise that international child abduction law is a rapidly developing highly specialist area of law and that specialist advice is essential for clients. Before considering whether to represent a client in such a case (including a child who is the subject of abduction proceedings) solicitors should consider whether they have the necessary specialist knowledge and expertise, and where appropriate, the client should be referred to an appropriate specialist firm.”

We will provide detailed advice, after listening carefully to your circumstances, and give you clear guidance on your next steps.

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