If your child is abducted, we will work hard to bring them back home quickly and safely

If your child is abducted, you will need to get in touch with a child abduction solicitor as soon as possible. We are specialists in dealing with child abduction matters and we will work hard to bring your child back home quickly and safely.

Child abduction is the unauthorised removal or retention of a minor from a parent or anyone with legal responsibility for the child. Child abduction can be committed by parents or other family members.

Removing a child from their home or more commonly taking a child abroad without the other parent’s consent or keeping them there longer is child abduction. Governments, police, and courts in countries covered by EU rules or the Hague Conventions on child abduction are required to cooperate fully to provide and enforce orders for the return of your child as soon as possible. However, if your child has been abducted in a country that is not covered by these agreements, the process can be more difficult and take longer to resolve in the courts. At Moore Barlow, we work with many experts in this area so we can bring your child safely home.

International child abduction solicitors

In an international divorce, where the parents may live in different countries, child abduction can be more of a concern and risk. This can happen because parents take matters into their own hands, sometimes out of desperation. However difficult the circumstances, it is still an offence and if it’s your child who is missing, you will want urgent legal support.

If the child has been taken to a country that is covered by EU rules or the Hague Convention on Child Abduction, then securing their safe return should be less complicated as the country’s governments, legal system and police forces will all work closely together. If your child has been taken to a country that is not covered by these agreements then our English lawyers will need to work quickly and closely with lawyers in the other country, to put pressure on the courts to ensure your child is brought home.

Our expert child abduction lawyers can support you in providing urgent assistance to bring your child or children safely home.

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Child abduction solicitors London

Our highly experienced child abduction solicitors in London and Richmond can assist you and your family if your child has been abducted by your partner, former partner or a relative. If a parent keeps or takes a child to a different country without the permission of the other parent then they are committing a criminal offence. Our London based children’s lawyer will be able to assist you with all the legal aspects of getting your child back safely and quickly.

What is child abduction?

Child abduction is the unauthorised removal or retention of a minor from a parent or anyone with legal responsibility for the child. Child abduction can be committed by parents or other family members.

It is a misconception that such actions amount to child abduction only if a child is removed by a third party to another country. A parent will commit the offence of child abduction if they remove the children from their home in England, to another undisclosed place in England without the other parent’s consent.

As mentioned above, in international child abduction some countries are part of the Hague Conventions and other treaties. In these circumstances our child abduction lawyers can make a Hague Convention application via the relevant Central Authority, and this will mean they should have the full co-operation of the authorities. A large number of countries are signed up to various conventions and treaties, however, some are not. If this is the case, then we will be able to advise you on the next steps.

Our expert family law team is based across our offices in London, Southampton, Guildford, Woking, Lymington and Richmond and we offer specialist support on a local, national and international level.

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