Our Family advocates are here to help you. If your child has been abducted, contact us immediately on 01624 665522 for professional support and expert legal advice.
After a relationship ends, parents often struggle to agree on how they will share the responsibility of caring for and seeing their children, and this can sometimes lead to emotional decisions being taken.
When a child is taken without permission, it’s called child abduction and in most cases, the child has been taken by a parent, family member or family friend. However, it’s important to recognise that whether they are on-Island or have been taken overseas, abduction is a criminal offence.
What Should You Do If Your Child Has Been Taken?
Call the police
As soon as you realise that your child is missing, your first move is to contact the police.
They will open an enquiry into finding your child and in most cases will be able to return your child to you quickly.
Get legal advice
Once you’ve contacted the police, and depending on the individual circumstances, they may advise you to contact your advocate (if you have an existing contact agreement) or to make an enquiry for legal assistance.
After instructing an advocate, you’ll receive advice and support throughout the process of having your child returned.
What Should You Do If You Have Taken Your Child Without Permission?
After a break-up, it’s important to make sure that you and your ex-partner organise child custody arrangements, even if you’re on good speaking terms.
With a legal agreement in place, you can work to secure regular contact times with your child and plan for on-Island and off-Island trips.
If you’ve taken your child without the permission of your ex-partner or you don’t have parental responsibility, it’s crucial that you seek legal advice if you aren’t in a position to return the child immediately.
Taking a child outside of legally agreed contact times or when there is no agreement in place may be a criminal offence resulting in serious penalties.
Quinn Legal’s family team have represented many people who either don’t have parental responsibility and/or a child contact agreement in place. With years’ worth of experience in negotiating and dealing with complex family law, they are able to handle any type of situation.
How Can Quinn Legal Help?
Our family team have practical experience of handling child abduction situations and know the legal processes inside out.
Approachable and friendly, our team of professional advocates are here to support and guide you in making the best decisions in a time-sensitive manner.
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