Newly-divorced parents should take care when taking their children abroad on summer holidays warns our Partner Zoe Gaitskell. “Parents could face criminal prosecution if they do not return children promptly to their legal homes after the holidays”.
New figures reveal that the number of parental child abduction cases dealt with by the Foreign Office has risen by 88% in just under a decade and that many of these cases result from a child not being returned to the custodial parent after the summer break. Daisy Organ, head of the Foreign Office Child Abduction Section said: "The increase in parental child abduction cases is a major cause for concern, particularly in the lead up to the school holidays; we know that before or during school holidays is one of the most common times for a child to be abducted. We hope that this campaign will help inform and educate the UK public and encourage parents thinking of abducting their child to think twice before they cause significant distress to themselves and their family."
It’s easy to make a genuine mistake in the early stages of a separation that can have wide-ranging consequences. Communication, and abiding by agreements, is key. If you would like assistance, contact Zoe for further information.