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Child Abduction

  • Has your child been moved without your permission?
  • Are you worried that your ex-partner is a flight risk?
  • What can you do if your child is taken overseas and is not returned?

Has your child been moved without your permission?

You should seek urgent family law advice if your child has been moved or relocated without your permission.

If you do not know where your child has been moved to, you can ask the Family Court to issue a location order.  A location order is a way of obtaining information from Centrelink or the police about the location of your child or the other parent. 

You can also ask the Court for a recovery order.  A recovery order can be used to direct the police to find your child and return him or her to you.

Are you worried that your ex-partner is a flight risk?

If you are worried that your child will be taken overseas without your permission, you can apply for a Child Alert.  A Child Alert is a warning to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade that there may be circumstances to be considered before an Australian passport is issued to a child.

If your child already has a passport, you may need to have his or her name placed on the Family Law Watchlist.

What can you do if your child is taken overseas and is not returned?

Child abduction without permission to another country is extremely serious. If this has occurred, seeking immediate legal advice is vital. Be mindful, however, that options for the return of your child may depend on the country he or she has been taken to.

HHG Legal Group’s large, award-winning family law team can provide you with the necessary depth of knowledge and experience in this complex area of family law.

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