Child Abduction

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Families with connections to more than one country face additional problems in the unfortunate event of a relationship break down.  The natural and understandable reaction at such a difficult time is often to want to return home to the country of origin with the children. 

However, if this happens without the approval of the other parent or permission from a court, a parent (whether inadvertently or not) may be committing the criminal offence of child abduction and advice before any move is made is essential.  Different countries have different laws, but many have signed up to the Hague Convention and European law is regulating increasingly the movement of children between EU countries.

If, contrary to an agreement or a court order, your children have been removed from their home, you should seek urgent legal advice.  Likewise, if you have taken the children from their home you need immediate advice about your legal position.

If you fear that an abduction may be about to take place then speed is of the essence to try to prevent the child's removal.

Our team of family lawyers act for parents whose children have been abducted and for parents who have removed their children without the necessary consent.  

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"Professional yet sympathetic manner and the team always fights hard to defend your interests"

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If you require further information or advice from our team of specialist family lawyers, please contact a member of our team or call us on +44 (0)20 7814 1200.

Please note that we do not offer legal assistance pursuant to public funding (formerly known as Legal Aid).

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Client

"It's a team that has a great breadth of experience across the board and particularly in international cases"

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"All have been excellent and have shown great diligence and practicality, along with sensitivity during a very difficult time in my life"

Client

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Services

Taking Children Abroad

Both parents (if they have parental responsibility) must consent to their child being taken out of the country (even if it is just for a holiday). Failure to obtain such a consent could be classed as child abduction. We have a longstanding reputation in acting for or advising parents who wish to take their child abroad to live and parents who want to prevent such a move.

Moving with Children within The UK

The law as to moving within England and Wales has become more in line with applications to relocate abroad. Our team has considerable experience in advising clients who wish to move with their children to a different part of the UK.

Thinking of Relocating

Our experienced lawyers can advise you on your relocation plans, ensuring that your move overseas, to the UK, or within the UK, is well planned.

International Divorce

Our lawyers have been at the forefront of developments and are recognised leaders in international family law.

Spending Time with Your Children

Our team recognises the emotional impact of a separation on you and your children. Our advice is tailored towards providing a solution that puts your children first, including advising on complex child contact issues in the UK and cases with an international element.

Thinking about the Children

We have considerable expertise in guiding our clients through the legal issues affecting their children and placing them at the centre of all decisions made following separation to minimise any potential distress for them.

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