16 August, 2010
Forbes Solicitors is advising separated families to make sure holiday plans are always firmly agreed to avoid any problems. This comes as the Foreign Office has reported a 39% increase in the number of cases where a British child has been abducted by a parent and taken overseas in the past year. Most of these cases occurred in summer when a parent refused to return a child following a holiday abroad.
Donna Amos, Family Solicitor at Forbes warns, "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."
Pakistan, India, Thailand, Nigeria and Ghana, which have not ratified the 1980 Hague convention on international child abduction, had the largest number of new parental child abductions last year.
For further information please contact Donna Amos in the Family department at our Chorley office on, tel: 01257 260600 or contact Donna Amos by email.