Hartley Law Office, LLC

Hartley Law Office, LLC

Thinking Divorce? Call Today!
Free Consultation!(937) 684-9271
Our Practice Areas

What you can do about an international child abduction

International child abductions are classified into two categories by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs. They are abductions FROM the U.S., and abductions TO the U.S. Both are covered under what is known as Hague Abduction Convention.

The Hague Abduction Convention is a treaty joined my many countries to secure the rights of children, as well as to protect them from the harm of international abduction. The list of 76 countries joined can be found here. Since sovereign nations cannot interfere with each other's court orders, the Hague Abduction Convention creates a central authority in each country who agree to work together to facilitate the location and return of a child. Essentially, it creates a central point to serve as the main contact for all parties involved, whether it be the child's parents, a governmental agency, or attorney.

A U.S. based attorney may only accept a case in which the child was abducted TO the U.S. For abductions outside the U.S., a party would need to consult an attorney located in the country that the child was abducted to. Cases filed under the Hague Abduction Convention are separate from all other court matters, and do not guarantee the return of a child. They are referred to as Hague proceedings, and there are several specific requirements that must be demonstrated.

Consulting with an experienced child custody attorney is crucial to a Hague Abduction Convention application. An international child abduction is a very serious and complex matter that should not be navigated alone.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
  • super lawyers
  • Accredited Business
  • American bar Association
  • Avvo rating 10
  • Dayton Bar Association

Experienced, Efficient,
Cost-Effective Representation

We offer evening and weekend appointments and accept credit cards.

209 East Stroop Road
Dayton, OH 45429

Phone: 937-401-0979
Phone: 937-312-9130
Fax: 937-312-9139
Dayton Law Office Map