Going through a separation can be very difficult and emotionally fraught, particularly where there are children of the relationship involved. However, when separation occurs across international borders, the disputes and difficulties which parents face can be much more challenging and complex.
But what happens when one parent has taken a child with him or her overseas without the other parent’s knowledge or permission or without the consent of the Court (if a Parenting Court Order is already in place)? What happens when one parent allows the other parent to take the children on a plane under the notion that “they are visiting friends and family overseas and will be returning after 3 weeks,” but that parent is never allowed to see the children again?
In this paper, we discuss the effects of The Hague Convention as a multilateral treaty in force between Australia and a number of other countries to promote the protection of children from the harmful effects of international abduction.
You can download the full article here.
If you have a child who has been removed from Australia, or is at risk of removal from Australia or if your child has not been returned to you within the time stipulated by you and the child’s other parent, it is highly recommended that you seek independent legal advice as to what your legal rights and options are in the circumstances.