Our skilled Leeds, Harrogate and York based specialists are adept at dealing with all aspects of Children Law including residence, contact, relocation, child protection, international child abduction and adoption.

Jones Myers is amongst the country’s most respected family law firms. We are at the forefront of advising clients on international child abduction, which occurs when a child is taken abroad without the permission of the other parent. It also happens when a child is taken overseas for a holiday with the agreement of the other parent and is then not returned when the holiday comes to an end.

We have experience in liaising with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office when children are removed from the jurisdiction and with the Home Office in relation to issues and cases surrounding the nationality of children and disputes arising from the international aspects of these kinds of cases.

Often the wider role of a family lawyer in these situations is to be able to communicate and negotiate with officials in other countries, and with the police forces at home and abroad. We also understand there may be the need to harness the powers of the media and public opinion together with undertaking extensive and sensitive investigative work.

Our expertise has been recognised by our accreditation to a specialist Panel operated by the International Child Abduction and Contact Unit in London, who refer parents who are living abroad but whose child or children have been abducted into the United Kingdom. These parents often need urgent help and assistance to locate their children before the process can begin. As a firm with a Legal Aid Contract, we are able to offer legal aid to fund your case in certain circumstances and provided you are eligible. We can quickly make an assessment at a first meeting.

How Jones Myers can help

At Jones Myers, we have extensive experience in obtaining Court orders at the highest level to enable children who have been abducted to return to their home and familiar surroundings.

We understand that this is an emotionally charged situation and we have the expertise, reputation and empathy to guide you through the complex process.

This know-how includes dealing with abduction cases in countries that are both outside and inside of the Hague Convention – which provides a speedy process to return a child within member countries.

Next steps

To make an appointment or enquiry with one of our children team, by telephone or email, please contact Kate Banerjee, Andrew Fox or Anthony Parrish. All contacts will, of course, be treated in the strictest confidence. Alternatively, if you would prefer, please complete our enquiry form below.

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