Child Abduction

One of the most devastating events a parent can experience is the abduction of their child. Children involved in international parental child abduction are often severely impacted too. Many develop psychological problems that can last a lifetime.

If your child has been abducted abroad by a parent, relative or guardian, Pappin Law can offer immediate help, both legal and practical. Such help can involve traveling abroad and personally arranging to repatriate your child.

Scared childMany countries have ratified an international treaty called the Convention of 25 October 1980 on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. The treaty was drafted by the Hague Conference on Private International Law, and is therefore commonly known as the ‘Hague Convention’ or the ‘1980 Child Abduction Convention’.

The Hague Convention provides a procedure to repatriate children. Unfortunately, the process can be very lengthy. And the Hague Convention has only been signed by the countries listed here.

If your child has been abducted to a country that has not adopted the Hague Convention, an application under the BC Family Law Act or similar domestic legislation can be made to have your child returned.

However, an order from a Canadian or American court is often impossible to enforce abroad. In such situations, skillful negotiation and judicious use of an attorney’s representative powers can be highly effective.

If your child is a victim of international child abduction, contact Pappin Law to discuss how we can help reunite you.