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If a parent or guardian takes or sends a child outside of the United Kingdom without the consent of the other parent who has parental responsibility (or other appropriate consent) it is a criminal offence of Child Abduction under Section 1 of the Child Abduction Act 1984, unless:
If your child has been abducted, or you are concerned that your child will be abducted it is essential that immediate steps are taken to prevent the abduction, or alternatively to return the child to the jurisdiction. Any delay may prevent or significantly delay the return of the child. As this is a complex area of law, specialist advice should be sought from a solicitor immediately.
If you have any concerns about child abduction please contact us immediately on 023 8071 3060
If you are planning to move abroad with your children to live permanently you must ensure that you have the consent of the other parent who has parental responsibility. If you do not have their consent then an order for leave to remove the children from the jurisdiction of England & Wales should be sought from the court to ensure that you are not committing an offence of child abduction.
It is important that any such application on behalf of the children is prepared thoroughly as you are only likely to get one chance to make the application. As such applications require specialist advice and representation and a detailed plan for the future of the family should be formulated, to include:
We will assist in many complicated and specialised areas of family law.
Discuss your options and contact us on 02380 713 060