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Entries in abduction (3)

Wednesday
Mar082017

Pakistan signs up to Hague Convention on international child abduction

On March 1st 2017 Pakistan became the 96th contracting state to the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction.

This makes it easier for a parent to seek the return of an abducted child to the country of origin, so that the case is considered by a court in the country where the child is habitually resident.  This applies whenever agreement has not been reached between parents, as in the recent Scottish case where a child has been returned to Australia  because the mother had wrongly retained the child in Scotland.

Although the number of countries abiding by the Convention is still growing, it does not apply in many African and Middle Eastern countries.

Tuesday
Sep132011

Cross border cases wanted

Families Need Fathers Scotland is collecting examples of UK cross-border problems in family law cases. 

We already know of various cases in which children have been moved from one country to another without agreement of the separated father, which have then resulted in court action taking place in the new location rather than the country of residence before the move.

If a similar move is made to a foreign country, then the Hague convention on child abduction should apply, and the case would have to be heard quickly in the country of origin.  It seems easier to get children back from the far side of the world than from England - so long as the destination country subscribes to the Hague convention.

We have the impression that the problem is greater if the move is from Scotland to England than vice versa, but that may just be because we hear more examples of that situation.

Anyone with experience of cross-border problems should contact Ian or John in the Edinburgh office - 0131 557 2440 or scotland@fnf.org.uk.

Wednesday
Jun292011

Rise in Parental Child Abductions 

Famlies Need Fathers has issued a call for reform of the current approach to abduction and relocation cases, following news of a 21% rise in international parental adduction cases this year.

The Foreigh Office is launching a new campaign to raise awareness of what people can do to prevent abduction, working with Reunite International.

FNF chief executive Ken Sanderson expressed concern at this news, and commented that the legal system's approach to abduction and relocation is in drastic need of an overhaul.

Although international aspects of abduction are handled at UK level, FNF Scotland has already asked the Scottish Justice Minister Roseanna Cunningham about difficulties in deciding whether English or Scottish courts deal with cases where one parent has abducted the children from Scotland to England.

If you are worried your child might be at risk, or if your child has been abducted you can call the Child Abduction Section at the Foreign Office on 0207 008 0878 or www.fco.gov.uk or reunite on 0116 2556 234.