Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction

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An international treaty signed by more than 50 countries that enables disputes involving the wrongful removal of children to be resolved according to principles set out in the Convention. Generally, any dispute should be resolved in the country where the child is habitually resident and, so long as the application is brought within 12 months of the removal, the court must order the return of the child unless one of the defences set out in the Convention applies. The most important of these are (i) that the child, if returned, would be exposed to physical or psychological harm or would be placed in an intolerable situation; and (ii) that a child who has attained a sufficient age and degree of maturity objects to being returned. See child abduction.

Subjects: Law.

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