Information Zone - International Children
The document required by the central authority of the government of the United Kingdom in order to give authority for proceedings to be brought when a child has been abducted to this country from another country which is a signatory to the Hague convention. Please complete this and send it to us, preferably by fax and signed on pages 7 and 8. Please contact us if you need any help in completing it.
Download the file CAQuestionnaire.pdf ()
UK Internal child relocation
David Hodson writes a weekly opinion piece on international aspects for Jordans electronic newsletter circulated to thousands of family lawyers in England and abroad. This week he looks at an internal UK relocation case, albeit between England and the far north of Scotland, and contrasts the different law on internal relocation and external relocation with the irony that it is often closer and quicker to travel to mainland Europe than the further extremities of the United Kingdom. The opinion piece is attached
Download the file internalrelocation.pdf ()
Warning of collaborative law scam
David Hodson writes a weekly opinion piece on international aspects for Jordans electronic newsletter circulated to thousands of family lawyers in England and abroad. This week he draws the attention of worldwide family law practitioners to a recent outbreak of a scam in the guise of a request to family lawyers to give assistance to a potential client in the context of concluded collaborative law agreement. The opinion piece is attached
Download the file collabscams.pdf ()
This iGuide explains the background to the law and practice
Download the file Child_abduction_2.pdf ()
Child abduction: issues to consider
This iGuide sets out in bullet form lists issues for consideration by parents and by the solicitors in circumstances where it is feared that a child has been abducted, where it is feared that an abduction may occur, where it is not known whether child may be and what to do when the child has been located.
Download the file Child_abduction_4.pdf ()
Child abduction: acting for the party who has abducted the child to England
This iGuide gives guidance on what to do in this situation
Download the file Child_abduction3.pdf ()
The law on child abduction
This paper sets out the background to the law in respect of child abduction including criminal proceedings, Hague convention proceedings, Brussels II proceedings, cases involving non-Hague countries and practical action. See also the shorter iGuides
Download the file ChildAbduction1.pdf ()
Child relocation: opposing a relocation application
Although English law is very liberal and generous in permitting relocation of children abroad, an application can be successfully opposed in some circumstances and with very careful planning. This iGuide explains what can be done.
Download the file Oppose_relocation.pdf ()
Brussels II child abduction: Trumping orders
Trumping orders are a valuable remedy when a court to which a child has been abducted within Europe refuses to make a return order.
Download the file trumping_orders.pdf ()
What is child abduction?
Child abduction is a criminal offence. Those abducting a child are vigorously pursued through international cooperation. This short note explains the background.
Download the file what_is_abduction.pdf ()
Brief guide to applying to relocate with your child
A basic introduction about the importance of seeking permission before taking a child to live permanently abroad and the factors the English court will take into account. To the read with the more detailed article on the law on relocation cases, below
Download the file relocate2.pdf ()
List of Hague Countries
The law on relocation cases
This paper sets out the law in relation to applying to relocate with a child permanently abroad. There is a shorter iGuide available.
Download the file relocate1.pdf ()
Taking children on holiday abroad
Hundreds of thousands of children are taken on holiday abroad each year. A number are on holiday with just one parent. Yet the law requires that both parents give permission for a child to be taken abroad, save in certain circumstances. Permission is invariably given but what happens when it is not given or the holiday takes place without permission being requested? This brief guide covers these areas.
Download the file Holiday.pdf ()
Summary guide to international family law issues
An introduction to a number of the important issues for consideration for international families.
Download the file INT4.pdf ()
Guide to Brussels II bis
Brussels II was changed in August 2005, primarily dealing with children issues. This note covers the important topics in the revised law with special reference to the impact on international children issues including child abductions and international recognition of child conduct orders.
Download the file brusselsii_bis.pdf ()
List of Brussels II Countries
Download the file brussels_countries.pdf ()