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Parental Abduction
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  • An evaluation of the long-term effectiveness of Mediation in cases of International Parental Child Abduction
    Trevor Buck
    This research attempts to fill an important gap in the critical research in this field by evaluating the long-term effectiveness of mediation in cases of international parental child abduction and the effectiveness of the agreements reached within mediation
  • Behind the Curtains of International Child Abduction Proceedings
    Anca Crihana, Anca-Raluca Sas & Tudor-Cristian Ciobanu
    Have you ever heard about parents abducting their own child to another country? A parent takes away his child from the other parent or he refuses to return the child. What about the child’s best interests? What does the child actually want? What is his/her perspective on the abduction? Is it important to hear the voice of the child? Should the judge give weight to his/her testimony?
  • Child Abduction by a Parent or Exercising Parental Authority: Balancing European and National Regulations
    Oana Ghiţă
    The study aims to achieve normative distinction between the kidnapping of a child and exercise parental authority through the legal conditions in which such an act requires state intervention.
  • Child Abduction: European and Russian Perspectives
    N Rostovtseva, Etienne Pataut
    The paper studies one of the most topical issues arousing in international private law, i.e. internationalabduction of children by one of the parents
  • Cross-border family mediation. International parental abduction, custody and access cases
    Christoph Paul & Sybille Kiesewetter
    This book wants to provide both work aids for practical activity and training materials for mediation training in cross-border conflicts involving parents and children.
  • Cross-border parental child abduction
    Anon
    Advice to international couples who separate and where one partner wishes to move to another European country.
  • Cross-border parental child abduction in the European Union
    Dr. Lukas HECKENDORN URSCHELER, Dr. Ilaria PRETELL
    This study aims at analysing the international, European and national legal framework applicable to cross-border parental child abduction, with a view to proposing recommendations for the improvement of the current system.
  • Enlèvement parental international d'enfants
    Christine Guy-Ecabert, Elisabeth Volckrick
    Saisir le juge ou s'engager dans la médiation ?
  • Family Mediation in International Family Conflicts
    Brunilda Pali & Sandra Voet
    Identifies data on potential informants and target groups of national and international training institutes, medication associations and trainers working in family mediation.
  • Guide to good practice Child Abduction Convention: Mediation
    Anon
    This guide promotes good practices in mediation and other processes in international family disputes concerning children which fall within the scope of the Hague Convention of 25 October 1980 on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction
  • Guide to good practice Child Abduction Convention: Part I - Central Authority Practice
    Anon
    Guide with sections on Key operating principles; Establishing and consolidating the Central Authority; Abduction applications outgoing & incoming: role of the requesting Central Authority; Access applications: role of requesting and requested Central Authorities & other important functions and issues.
  • Guide to good practice Child Abduction Convention: Part II - Implementing Measures
    Anon
    Guide with sections on Key operating principles; The path to signature and ratification or accession; Methods of implementation; Central Authorities; Organisation of the courts; Legal procedural matters; Legal aid and assistance; Aids to interpretation; Facilitating acceptance of accessions.
  • Guide to good practice Child Abduction Convention: Part III - Preventive Measures
    Anon
    Deals with preventive measures. Preventing abduction is a key aim of the 1980 Convention and it is widely acknowledged that it is better to prevent abduction than to have to seek a child's return after abduction
  • Guide to good practice Child Abduction Convention: Part IV - Enforcement
    Anon
    Guide with sections on Measures available in the requested State, their content and the conditions for their application; Legal challenges; The effect of legal challenges on the enforceability of return orders; The enforcement procedure and the actors involved; Promoting voluntary compliance; The child; Co-operation among actors within the requested State; Cross-border co-operation to ensure safe return; Training and education
  • How best to resolve cases of parental child abduction?
    Joanne Orton
    This paper explores how cases of parental child abduction are best resolved, the challenges we face with countries that are not signatories to the Hague Convention, and whether or not there is a role for mediation in these cases.
  • International Child Abduction - The effects
    Marilyn Freeman
    This two-year research project considered the long and short term effects of international parental child abduction and included an investigation of the effects on the abducted child through child interviews conducted by senior CAFCASS officers
  • International Child Abduction - The inadequacies of the Law - Thalia Kruger
    Thalia Kruger
    Sets the problem of child abduction within its international context. It looks at the families in which abductions took place, how preparations were made for an abduction, the quest for the return of the child (including legal proceedings), and the aftermath of the abductions.
  • International Parental Child Abduction and Mediation
    Nuria González Martín
    The goal of this article is, first, to analyze the operation of the Hague Convention of 25 October 1980 on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction in the context of its Guide to Good Practice on Mediation to determine whether such guide will promote Mediation as a useful method for family conflict resolution in cases of international child abduction by one of the parents.
  • Living Losses: children alienated from their parents for ten years or more
    Karen Woodall
    Living losses is a project which brings together mothers from across the world to raise awareness of the way in which abduction of a child, relocation and alienation are linked to a pattern of coercive control.
  • Mediation Bureau of the Centre International Child Abduction
    Birgitte M.J. Beelen
  • Mediation in cases of International Parental Abductions
    Hilde Demarré
    In 2014, the European Parliament published a study on the use of mediation vs court litigation in cross-border disputes. This research revealed that mediation is 60% less costly then court litigation and that in contrast to court litigation which takes on average 18 months to conclude, a mediation process takes an average of only 43 days.
  • My Child? Our Child! Prevention Guide International Child Abduction
    Hilde Demarré
    A guide intended to be a working tool for professionals who deal with international child abduction in their day-to-day practice. It helps detect a possible risk of international child abduction more quickly, to better assess an effective risk and to launch an appropriate assistance.
  • Protecting the Best Interests of the Child: International Child Abduction and the European Court of Human Rights
    Helen Keller and Corina Heri
    In its case law on international child abduction, the European Court of Human Rights (ecthr) seeks to interpret the European Convention on Human Rights (echr) in conformity with the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. Both instruments safeguard the best interests of abducted children, but in different ways.
  • Report from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council and the European Economic and Social Committee on the Application of the Brussels IIa Regulation
    Anon
    Report on on the application of Council Regulation (EC) No 2201/2003 concerning jurisdiction and the recognition and enforcement of judgements in matrimonial matters and the matters of parental responsibility
  • Reporter: A European divorce with children
    Anon
    What happens to the kids when their parents, nationals of different EU states, go their separate ways? EuroparlTV examined the case of a French-German couple.
  • Studies in private international law: Mediating International Child Abduction Cases: The Hague Convention
    Sarah Vigers
    What is meant by Convention mediation? How can a mediation process fit within the constraints of the Convention? Why offer mediation in Convention cases given the existing legal framework? This book addresses these questions and in so doing seeks to encourage enthusiasm about the use of mediation in the Convention context to greater practice
  • The Need for Concentrated Jurisdiction in Handling Parental Child Abduction Cases in the United States
    Keelikolani Lee Ho
    Taking examples from the international community, this comment explores the arguments for and against changing jurisdiction in the United States. This comment also provides a discussion of judicial best practices and stresses the need to expedite the return of abducted children.
  • The outcomes for children returned following an abduction
    Marilyn Freeman
    The aim of this research was to investigate the outcome for children returned to a European destination following an abduction concentrating on the lived realities of the international abduction experience for the family members afflicted by it
  • Transfrontier contact concerning children. General Principles and a Guide to good practice
    Anon
    Guide setting out principles & good practices regarding implementation & application on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction, drawing attention to provisions in respect of Parental Responsibility and Measures for the Protection of Children & providing an overall model for constructing an international system of co-operation.