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Family lawyer news – Hague Convention child abduction decision

22nd December 2011

The 29-year-old mother has had to endure half a year of trauma and uncertainty after her Turkish husband failed to return their son to her in Britain following a holiday stay in Turkey.

However, family lawyers have now succeeded in using the Hague Convention to obtain an order demanding the return of the child to the United Kingdom.

The Hague Convention on Child Abduction is an internationally recognised instrument which helps decide which country has the jurisdiction to make decisions about a child’s best interest in child abduction cases.

The mother commented, “It’s brilliant news. The thing is justice has been done. All of my family is hoping it’s before Christmas, but I’m trying not to get too excited because there is still red tape.

“There’s about 100 presents already wrapped up under the Christmas tree waiting for him because he also missed his birthday. I just want him home as soon as possible.”

The estranged couple married in 2008 but separated shortly after the birth of their child in 2009.

As a result of the decision, family lawyers will now be able to conduct any future custody battles within the UK family court system.

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