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Wednesday
Dec052012

Parental child abduction cases rise by 88% in a decade

New figures from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office show a significant increase in the number of children taken abroad without permission from the other parent.

Although the popular impression is that these abductions are mainly by fathers, statistics from Reunite indicate that about 70% of abductions are by mothers.

Although it is not legal for a parent to take a child overseas without permission from anyone else who has parental responsibilities for that child.

In Scotland, abduction may only be considered a criminal offence where the courts have issued an order concerning custody of the child or their removal from the UK, but a parent may still have rights under civil law.