Resolving parenting arrangements following separation can be difficult and stressful for everyone involved. However, when a child is taken or withheld by a parent without the other parent’s consent, the situation becomes urgent.
Sadly, child abduction for separated couples is not uncommon – even in our city and state. Many are surprised to learn that Australia has the highest rate of parental child abduction in the world (per capita), and that the majority of cases happen in Queensland.
Whether a child abduction involves an attempt to take a child overseas or a child being held locally, Michael Lynch Family Lawyers are experienced in dealing with all aspects of child abduction law when urgent action is required.
Michael Lynch Family Lawyers has acted for parents in numerous child abduction cases, including incidents where the child has been taken overseas.
Why parents resort to abduction
A family break-up can feel like an out-of-control situation for everyone involved. In an attempt to regain some control and assert power, some parents resort to child abduction. In other cases, the motive can be revenge.
The abducting parent is often so consumed with their own feelings of hurt and anger that they lose sight of how it will affect the child.
How children are affected
In the eyes of the law, child abduction is akin to child abuse and domestic violence. Being suddenly ripped away from their familiar surroundings and routine can seriously impair a minor’s development. Not to mention the trauma of having to live in hiding and being forced to assume a false identity in some cases.
International child abduction
When a child is taken out of the country by one parent without the permission of the other, this is known as international child abduction. In many countries, these situations fall under the Hague Convention – a multilateral treaty between countries that have signed the convention for the retrieval of the abducted child.
Affected by child abduction in Queensland? Our family law firm in Brisbane can provide urgent assistance.