As a parent, one of the most common difficulties you will face after separating from your partner is deciding where your children should live.
A parent who takes matters into their own hands by taking their child to a different country without the consent of the other may be committing a criminal offence, this is called international child abduction or international parent child abduction.
If you suspect your child has been abducted, it is essential that you act quickly. We understand the distress and anxiety of losing your child and we can help you.
Our expert team of international child abduction lawyers in Pakistan will work round the clock to help ensure you are reunited. We will take immediate action to track them down through the appropriate legal channels. We have extensive experience in pursuing successful cases around the world, including Europe, the Middle East, the USA, Australasia and the Far East.
‘Thank you for your continued vigilance regarding this case. Your representation has been exemplary throughout and the actions of you and your team have been crucial in obtaining and securing transfer of custody’ Anonymous
We can also help locate a child that has been brought to Pakistan or UK without your consent.
How to establish child abduction facts
There are several key questions that will help identify if your child has been abducted:
• is your child under 16?
• have they been removed from the country where they usually live or wrongfully kept in a different country?
• were you seeing your child at the time the removal/retention took place?
If the answer to these is yes, you may be able to begin urgent child abduction proceedings to secure their return.
If you have come to the UK from another country with your child, we can advise on your position and whether you have grounds to remain here. Taking urgent advice in this situation is just as important as when your child has been taken.
The Hague Convention sets out a framework to aid the safe return of an abducted child to their country of residence. A large number of countries have signed this agreement, including Pakistan. If your child has been taken to one of these countries, or one with another international agreement, this can assist us in securing their return to you as quickly as possible.
Where there is no inter-country agreement in place, we can obtain orders from the local court. We will then instruct specialist child abduction lawyers in the country where your child has been taken to enforce them in that country. In case of Pakistan the UK has signed a Family Protocol which enables a British abducted child Pakistan to be returned to the country of its ordinary residence.
Get in touch immediately to learn about international child abduction laws and your rights.
Swift action is paramount in child abduction cases. If you suspect your child is about to be taken out of the country contact us immediately so we can advise on what action you should take to prevent their removal.