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CANBERRA FAMILY LAWYER – International Missing Children’s Day – By Angela Li, Family Lawyer

By May 28, 2015No Comments

Monday, 25 May 2015 was International Missing Children’s Day, writes Angela Li, Family Lawyer with Alliance Family Law.

It is a sad fact that according to statistics from the National Missing Persons Coordination Centre, more than 400 children are abducted by a parent or other family member every year.

Whilst some of these abductions may be unlawful, it is also true that under Australian law it is not necessarily a criminal offence for one parent to remove a child from Australia without the permission of the other parent, unless for example there are court orders restraining them from taking the children out of the country.

If you are worried that the other parent might take your children out of Australia without your permission, you should immediately speak to the police and/or a family lawyer, and obtain advice as to steps that you can take to prevent this from happening before it’s too late.  Once your children have been taken out of Australia, it is much more difficult to get them back, particularly if the country to which they have been taken is not a signatory to the Hague Convention which establishes reciprocal obligations.

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