Child Abduction occurs when one parent seeks to resolve a dispute over children by removing them, without the consent of the other parent, or in the absence of court order, from the country. The problem needed to be tackled on an international level and now certain conventions operate to restrict the practice of child abduction – these are commonly know as the Hague Convention and the Luxembourg Convention, and both were brought into Law in Ireland by the Child Abduction Act 1991. They operate to ensure prompt return of children to the jurisdiction, unless it would be contrary to the childs welfare to direct such return.
Any parent either suspecting an intention to abduct, or believing an abduction has taken place, must act swiftly in obtaining legal advice.
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