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Parental Child Abduction: A Hope for the Holidays

Vicki McLynn | Posted 11.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Vicki McLynn

The forthcoming holiday season provides an opportunity for families to spend time together. Sadly, it can also exacerbate tensions which may result in them breaking apart. Such division can have long-lasting consequences for the adults involved and for any children.

Border Controls: Beefing up Passports to Prevent Parental Child Abduction

Phillip Rhodes | Posted 25.10.2013 | UK Politics
Phillip Rhodes

For most children, summer conjures up thoughts of carefree, school-free days in the sunshine, holidays and fun. Sadly, some of their parents do not feel as upbeat. It's not just that they recognise the intricacies involved in balancing childcare and jobs, the effect of boisterous kids on their eardrums or the expense of keeping offspring entertained until they return to the classroom.

Innocents Abroad: The Rise of Cross-Border Child Abduction by Parents

Vicki McLynn | Posted 01.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Vicki McLynn

The number of international family disputes requiring the involvement of UK courts has almost quadrupled in the space of only four years, according to a report published by one of this country's most senior judges.

Making It Easier to Recover Child Maintenance Abroad

European Parliament Web Team | Posted 14.06.2013 | UK Politics
European Parliament Web Team

Unfortunately, it's not just the rich and famous who show a cavalier attitude towards supporting their offspring. It is an all too common problem, made worse in some cases because the reluctant parent lives abroad. If it is difficult to claim from an ex in your own country, it proves even more challenging when they live somewhere with a different language and legal system.

'If Your Child Is Taken Abroad, They May Never Be Returned'

Posted 12.12.2012 | UK

British families whose children are abducted abroad by one parent or other family members are being warned they may never get their child back, with t...

International Relationships and the Pain of Parental Child Abduction

Louise Halford | Posted 10.02.2013 | UK
Louise Halford

As Family lawyers know only too well, it is not always easy for couples to remain calm and composed when they split up.

"I Beg You Not To Forget Me" How British Law Is Powerless To Help More Than 100,000 Abducted Children

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 25.08.2012 | UK

When Alison Shalaby's seven-year-old daughter was taken to Egypt by her ex-husband, she found it hard to believe that after just one week in the count...

The UK's Missing Children Conundrum

Louise Halford | Posted 27.07.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Louise Halford

The distress when a single child goes missing is enormous for the families involved. Imagine the scale of upset, then, given the suggestion by one charity that more than 130,000 children go missing in the UK each year. The figures quoted by Parents and Abducted Children Together (PACT) are staggering, beyond many people's comprehension.

Children, Borders and the Law: The Growing Toll of International Relationship Breakdown

Louise Halford | Posted 03.06.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Louise Halford

The increasing ease with which people can move abroad to live and work has led to a rise in relationships between individuals of different nationalities.

Geneva Convention On Human Rights For Video Games?

Huffington Post UK | Michael Rundle | Posted 05.12.2011 | UK Tech

Violent war-themed video games could be subject to The Geneva and Hague war crimes conventions, according toThe International Committee of the Red Cro...

Hague and the Heartbreak of the Holidays

Louise Halford | Posted 12.10.2011 | UK
Louise Halford

The British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has published new figures on the scale of the problem of children being abducted by their parents and taken overseas. They reveal that, every other day, a British child is abducted by a parent to a country which has not signed the 1980 Hague Convention on international parental child abduction.