International Abductions. If your child has been abducted abroad, you will likely turn to The Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction, adopted by the United States and 59 other countries.
If your child has been abducted abroad, you will likely turn to The Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction
Objectives. The objectives of the Hague Convention are to (a) secure the prompt return of children wrongfully removed to or retained in a country, and (b) ensure the rights of custody and access under the laws of a country are respected in another country.

Age. The Convention applies to children under the age of 16.

Wrongful Removal or Retention. A removal or rentention is wrongful when (a) it is a breach of sole or joint custody under the laws of the country where the child lived before being abducted, and (b) custody rights were actually exercised or would have been if the child had not been abducted. Custody may be by agreement but does not have to be. It can also be by operation of law. Under US state laws, parents have joint custody until and unless a court rules otherwise.

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