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Preventing your child from being taken overseas without your permission

If you fear that your child may be removed from England & Wales it is important to urgently make contact with a specialist solicitor. There are number of immediate actions that can be taken to lessen the risk of abduction if you have parental responsibility such as arranging for a port alert where there is an imminent threat of abduction.

preventing-child-abduction-denied-passport.jpgOther actions that can be taken may include the safeguarding of the child's passport and preventing a further passport being issued or applying for a prohibited steps order.

If you think that there is a danger of your child being removed but the danger is not immediate you need to consider whether it is worth getting a solicitor to write a letter to your ex partner to try and prevent the same.

 If immediate action needs to be taken then you will need to consider obtaining a prohibited steps order or a wardship order depending on where your child is going to travel to.

You can also contact the national ports authority in certain circumstances.

Meet Our Experts In Child Law

If you are seeking advice on a child related matter, Wikivorce can provide you with advice from one of our own Consultants or from one of our partner solicitors.

Ruth, our Divorce Consultant specialising in Child Arrangements.

Ruth is a Qualified Paralegal specialising in Family Law in both England/Wales and Scotland, with a particular interest in the law as it applies to children. She is the co-author of The Family Law A to Z - A reference book for litigants & students. This is a comprehensive and detailed A to Z of family law terminology and jargon, covering the English and Welsh jurisdiction.

She has a wide-ranging, in-depth understanding of family law both in England/Wales and Scotland, with a particular interest in the law as it relates to children. She has a comprehensive understanding of current legislation, procedures and forms.

Wikivorce is very proud of Ruth winning "Paralegal of the Year" in the 2015 Family Law awards.

Ruth has helped hundreds of Wikivorce clients who needed assistance with reaching agreement on child arrangements such as schooling issues, living arrangements, holiday planning, parental responsibility and a whole range of other issues.

Simon, our specialist and highly experienced child issues solicitor.

Simon is a partner at a successful law firm with a strong family law team that is recognised by the Legal 500 and Chambers directories for their high level of expertise and commanding knowledge of all areas of child law. Simon is a specialist in international child abduction law.

He is one of only a handful of qualified lawyers in the UK who is a member of the International Child Abduction Hague Convention and Wardship panel. Simon is one of the few recommended solicitors endorsed by Reunite and ICACU. His family law expertise includes ancillary relief matters, and he has a deep understanding of international family law. He recently became a member of the International Bar Association.

Simon is a partner and head of Family Law at a well highly respected law firm which has grown rapidly in the last few years and now has over 250 employees. They have a large and experienced family law department that is capable of handling complex cases involving divorce, finances and child contact/residence issues. They are fully accredited by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and follow their code of conduct.

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Useful Resources

These organisations provide specialist support and advice to parents dealing with the issue of child abduction.

Reunite is a leading UK charity specialising in the movement in children across international borders. They operate a free advice line offering practical, impartial advice, information and support to parents, family members, and guardians who have had their child abducted, as well as parents and guardians who may have abducted their child. The advice line number is 01162 556234.

Child Abduction Lawyers Association (CALA) is an organisation set up in 2014 to share legal information between legal professionals expert in this field and other connected organisations in relation to the law and procedure relating to worldwide child abduction matters. Brethertons have several solicitors who are members of this organisation.

The International Child Abduction and Contact Unit (ICACU) is a part of the Ministry of Justice acting as an administrative platform in order to assist people whose children have either been abducted or been retained to/from England and Wales. They coordinate arrangements with other countries. They have a specialist law firm panel of approximately 50 firms. Our lawyers have been a member of this panel since 2001.