Child abduction is a distressing consequence of family breakdown. It is also a widespread problem due not only to world-wide increases in family breakdown, but also to the growth in international marriages and the greater and easier movement of persons. Two international Conventions exist to combat international child abduction: the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction, 1980 (the ‘Hague Convention’) and the European Convention on Recognition and Enforcement of Decisions Concerning Custody of Children, 1980 (‘the European Convention’). The UK is party to both Conventions which are effective in the UK by virtue of the Child Abduction and Custody Act (CACA) 1985, the schedules to which contain the texts of the Conventions.
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