International Abduction

When someone (including a parent) removes a child from their country of habitual residence without proper consents or Court approval it may be an abduction. It is important to act promptly. The Hague Convention on the International Aspects of the Abduction of Children may apply.

You will need our advice if:
a) you wish to take your child to live abroad;
b) your child has been taken abroad without your consent, or is about to be; or
c) if you are facing a claim that you have abducted a child.

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International Abduction

International Abduction - Scenario Analysis Example #1

Mrs D had been living in Australia. She was English. Mr D was Australian and they had a three year old daughter. They agreed that their marriage had ended. She moved out with their daughter into temporary accommodation. Mrs D said she would go back to England and her husband agreed and he sent her belongings. Three months after she arrived back in England with their daughter her husband claimed in a lawyer’s letter that he had never agreed to their daughter leaving and that Mrs D was guilty of abduction. They spoke of starting proceedings with the Family Court.

Our solution:
We took instructions and consulted a specialist barrister. We decided that the solution was to put up a strong counter-argument and “call his bluff”. Meanwhile we would explore a possible financial settlement which might confirm that her husband now accepted that their daughter should stay in England and preferably would settle all the issues by agreement.

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‘PD’, London

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you sincerely for you help and service. I cannot recommend you more highly.

I found Mr Henry Brookman a very empathetic consultant and found he provided the level of advice I needed. Henry gave me sound advice and I found, that his approach to presenting the facts, easy to understand. The communication with the Solicitor in Australia was prompt and the complete transaction took as long as I was told. In all I feel very happy with the way in which my affairs were handled and would like to recommend the services of Mr Brookman.