This legal advice guide explains concepts and legal principles relevant to child abduction. It offers guidance to those affected by abduction situations, or who suspect an abduction may be imminent.
The expression child abduction conjures up images of a child being snatched off the street – in other words, kidnapping. It has a different meaning in disputes between parents.
Child abduction in this setting means one parent taking or keeping a child abroad without the consent of the other parent or the permission of a Court.