12 December, 2012
Forbes Solicitors is advising separated families to make sure Christmas holiday plans are firmly agreed to avoid any problems. This comes as the Foreign Office has reported an 88% increase in the number of cases where a British child has been abducted by a parent and taken overseas in the past decade.
Rubina Vohra, Head of the Family Department at Forbes' Blackburn office warns, "Christmas is seen as a higher risk period for parental child abduction and in previous years we have seen an increase at this time of year."
"If a parent takes their child abroad without the permission of the other parent they may be committing child abduction. Before taking a child to another country the parent should first seek the permission of the other parent or the British Courts. Likewise if you believe your child is being wrongfully retained or is at risk of abduction you should seek legal advice without delay."
Between 2001 and 2011 there was a 206% increase in the number of children taken to a country which had not ratified the Hague Convention on child abduction, an international agreement between certain countries which aims to ensure the return of a child who has been abducted by a parent.