There are two kinds of international child abduction:
- One parent takes the child to another country, without the consent of the other parent who also has custody
- One parent decides not to bring the child back to the country where it has it’s habitual residece, without the consent of the other parent who also has custody.
When both parents have custody over a child and one parent decides to take the child to another country, or keep the child in another country without the consent of the other parent, it is a situation of international child abduction. In many countries this is a criminal act.
The Hague Convention on International Child Abduction dictates the member states to make sure the child will be returned immediately to the state where it had it’s ‘habitual residence’ before it was abducted. There are only a few exceptions to this rule.
Child abduction creates a complicated situation, which needs to be solved as soon as possible, for the best interest of the child.
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