Child Abduction


The Hague Convention of 25 October 1980 on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction (“Hague Convention”) is a multilateral treaty, which seeks to protect children from the harmful effects of abduction and retention across international boundaries by providing a procedure to bring about their quick return. The Convention allows a parent who has had their rights of care and custody breached, to apply to the Court in the jurisdiction in which the children have been wrongfully removed or retained, for an Order directing the immediate return of the children to the place of the children’s habitual residence. In exceptional cases, the Hague Convention allows for exceptions to not ordering the return of the children, such as when the return would cause grave risk, or when the children has obtained the age and degree of maturity where the children objects to being returned. The jurisdiction where the children are being held is the jurisdiction in which a Hague proceeding would commence.

If you are ever involved in an international child abduction matter, we may be able to assist you. The Hague Convention requires a Court to act on an expedited basis to resolve the matter. It is vital to act in a timely manner if you are involved in a case like this.

GDE FAMILY LAW has expertise on this subject, which is crucial to the prompt resolution of international child abduction cases.