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Deciding where your child should live after a divorce, separation or relationship breakdown can be a difficult process, but parents should never take a child to another country without the consent of the other parent. To do this is abduction and a criminal offence.
Child abduction has taken place if:
If this is the case, then you will be able to begin proceedings to secure your child's safe return.
The Hague Convention is in place to assist the safe return of an abducted child, and the UK is one of many countries to have signed the agreement. If your child has been taken to one of these countries, it will help secure the return of your child as quickly as possible.
If your child has been taken to a country where there is no international agreement, an order can be obtained from the English court which can be used to instruct child abduction solicitors in the country where your child is.
If your child has been abducted, contact the police immediately and provide them with as much information as possible and provide recent photographs. If your child has not yet left the country, the police can notify all UK ports to hopefully prevent the abduction. If your child has already been removed from the country, the police can work with Interpol to assist in finding them.
If your child has been abducted it is naturally going to be a distressing time for you with a lot of anxiety and worry. It is vital that you immediately seek legal advice to work with the police in tracking down your child and ensuring their safe return. Forbes Solicitors have a vast degree of experience in pursuing child abduction cases and their team of specialist Children's Law lawyers are experts in ensuring the safe return of abducted children. We can also advise you on how to fund your case.
If you suspect your child has been abducted or is about to be taken out of the country without your consent, contact us immediately on 0800 689 1058 so that we can advise you on the best course of action.
You can also contact Reunite, a registered charity who specialise in helping parents and families whose child has been abducted.
As mentioned above, if the risk of abduction is immediate, the police can issue a port alert to all UK ports and airports. If this is done quickly with appropriate information, it can be very successful, but this is dependent on you and how much information you can provide.
In less immediate cases, there are other steps that can be taken either by you or by your solicitor. These include:
If you suspect your child is at risk of abduction, or they have already been abducted, contact the specialist team at Forbes Solicitors as a matter of urgency on 0800 689 1058 for appropriate legal advice in order to keep your child safe and with you.
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