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Parental child abduction soars

Cases of parental child abduction have risen 88% in just under a decade (2003-2012), Foreign Office (FCO) figures showed today.

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The 1980 Hague Convention

All cases that come under the Hague Convention are dealt with by the Central Authorities in the UK.

To find out which countries are part of this Convention, visit the Hague Conference Website.

If a child has been taken to a country that has not signed the Hague Convention parents may need to apply for custody and permission to bring their child back to the UK through the courts of that country.

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