When ‘missing home’ becomes child abduction

Posted on April 3rd, 2017

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We live in a global village.  Our children, friends and relatives travel the world frequently.  They meet, fall in love and partner people from other countries.  Frequently they settle down and start families and make difficult decisions when deciding which country will be their home country to raise their children.  Relationships can be tough and their lives are often subject to different and complex pressures leading to relationship breakdown. 

It is not uncommon for a stay-at-home parent living in a foreign country to feel isolated and to want to return to their home country in order to be near family support and better job opportunities.  Some simply up and leave with the children.  Others visit overseas family with their children for a holiday, and whilst on holiday choose not to return to their partner and former place of residence.   Real people; real problems and difficult solutions.

The Hague Convention on International Child Abduction is the main international agreement covering international parental child abduction.  Not all countries are signatories to the convention.  For those that are, it sets out an orderly process enabling a parent to have their child returned to the country in which they were habitually resident so that the courts of that home country can have their laws determine any dispute between parents as to parenting arrangements.

Hague Convention cases are a specialist area of Family and Relationships Law and our experienced Family Lawyers can provide urgent advice to parents affected by allegations of international child abduction.

Mark Sullivan Senior Solicitor at Mullane & Lindsay Solicitors NewcastleMark Sullivan is a Director at Mullane & Lindsay, and practises extensively in Family, Relationship and Matrimonial Law. If you require any assistance in this area please contact Mark Sullivan to arrange a consultation or contact our Newcastle office.

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