International children matters

 

Families often have links to more than one country, or move from country to country, immersing themselves in different cultures. If families are in this position, they can face very specific difficulties at the breakdown of a relationship or subsequently, as parties may wish to relocate with the children to another country.

Unfortunately, parents cannot always agree the way forward. Our family lawyers have extensive experience and can provide you with guidance and legal representation in all aspects of the international movement of children.

International relocation from England and Wales

Children may only be legally moved from country to country with the consent of their parents, or those who hold parental responsibility for them. In the absence of agreement the Court may need to intervene. Our experienced family lawyers provide guidance and legal representation in all aspects of the international relocation of children.

A failure to properly plan for relocation may mean that the relocation will not be allowed by the Court.

We can advise parents who wish to oppose a child relocating with the other parent. We recommend that parents seek expert legal advice at the earliest opportunity in order to consider the best possible approach if they oppose the proposed move.

Child Abduction

On occasion, children are removed from a country without consent. There may be very good reasons for doing so, for example to flee an abusive environment or to safeguard the welfare of the children concerned. The law in relation to this area is evolving at a rapid pace, and is only practiced by specialist experts.

Our family lawyers have been involved in several such cases which involves appearing in the family division of the High Courts of Justice. Our team can provide expert legal representation and guidance.

Who to contact


Daniel Jones

Daniel Jones

Partner, Head of Family Law team in England and Wales,
London, Manchester



Grainne Fahy

Grainne Fahy

Head of Family Law team in London and South of England,
London




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International children matters Team

Grainne Fahy

Grainne Fahy

Head of Family Law team in London and South of England,
London


Daniel Jones

Daniel Jones

Partner, Head of Family Law team in England and Wales,
London, Manchester


Yasmin Khan-Gunns

Yasmin Khan-Gunns

Solicitor,
London


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Daniel Jones

Daniel Jones

Partner, Head of Family Law team in England and Wales,
London, Manchester


Grainne Fahy

Grainne Fahy

Head of Family Law team in London and South of England,
London