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International Child Abduction

SBL Services - Hague Convention

The Convention on the Civil Aspects of Child Abduction (Hague Convention) comprises international law to which approximately sixty countries are signatories.  It is law designed to protect children from international abduction which occurs most often by a family member.  The Convention allows a parent who has had their rights of care and custody breached, to apply to the courts in the country in which the child has been wrongfully removed or retained, for orders directing the immediate return of the child to the place of the child’s habitual residence.  In exceptional cases, the Hague Convention allows for exceptions to not ordering the return of the child, such as when the return of the child would cause grave risk to the child, or when the child has obtained the age and degree of maturity where the child objects to being returned.     The country where the child is being overheld is the country in which a Hague proceeding would commence.

If you are involved in an international child abduction matter, we may be able to assist you.  The Hague Convention requires courts to act on an expedited basis to resolve the matter.  It is vital to act in a timely manner if you are involved in a case like this.  Soby Boyden Lenz LLP has lawyers with international expertise on this subject and are Fellows with the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.  This allows us ready access to the leading family and matrimonial lawyers across the globe, which is crucial to the prompt resolution of international abduction cases.  We may be able to assist you through this difficult time in your life and your child’s.

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