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Family law: Child Abduction – Russia and the 1960 Hague Convention

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A north London Mother has won a landmark ruling to have her children who were abducted by their Father to Russia returned.

The case is the first to successfully use the 1996 Hague Convention in Russia which ratified the Convention in June and the UK signed last year.

The 1960 Hague convention provides for the framework for the return of children from other jurisdictions that have been unlawfully removed and retained. Russia has only recently become a signatory to the Hague Convention.

The charity Reunite International which supports parents in these types of situations, has confirmed that the number of calls to its helpline is increasing with 8,112 calls made last year.

Reunite has said that they believe that the increase in these types of cases is due to travel being cheaper and easier than ever which leads to more mixed nationality partnerships.

James Maguire & Co are specialists in child abduction proceedings. We assist parents whose children have been abducted and also help parents in obtaining protective measures to ensure that this does not occur.

James Maguire & Co is a specialist firm of Family Law and Divorce Law solicitors based in Wilmslow, Cheshire. We offer legal advice to parties going through a divorce including the financial issues which flow from this and children matters including child maintenance.

We can also advise on Schedule1 Children Act 1989 applications.

We advise clients in the Wilmslow area and also to the surrounding areas of Alderley Edge, Bramhall, Hale, Altrincham, Manchester and the North West. We are also able to act for clients nationally and internationally subject to the jurisdiction of England and Wales. For advice please contact James Maguire by telephone +44 (0) 1625 529456 or by email james.maguire@family-law.

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