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Hague Convention

Hague Convention matters are not parenting or child custody matters between separating parents. They involve the unlawful abduction of children from their place of residence, by the other parent.  Hague Convention matters focus on the return of children to their country of residence and there are only a few circumstances where the removal of a child will be justified or approved by the Court.

Australia is a signatory to the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. This is an international agreement that covers the processes involved, when children are unlawfully removed from their residence. Australia has entered the Hague Convention agreement with other counties, that have agreed to also be bound by the terms of the agreement.

If your children have been unlawfully removed from Australia by the other parent, and you make an application under the Hague Convention for the return of the children, then Australia can only assist you, if the other country is a signatory to the convention.

A list of countries that have signed the Hague Convention include:

  • Albania
  • Argentina
  • Armenia
  • Austria
  • Bahamas
  • Belarus
  • Belgium
  • Belize
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Brazil
  • Bulgaria
  • Burkina Faso
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Dominican Republic
  • Ecuador
  • El Salvador
  • Estonia
  • Fiji
  • Finland
  • France
  • Georgia
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Guatemala
  • Honduras
  • Hong Kong (China)
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Macau (China)
  • Malta
  • Mauritius
  • Mexico
  • Moldova, Republic of
  • Monaco
  • Montenegro
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Nicaragua
  • Norway
  • Panama
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Republic of Korea (from 1 June 2015)
  • Romania
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • San Marino
  • Serbia
  • Singapore
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • South Africa
  • Spain
  • Sri Lanka
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Thailand
  • The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM)
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Turkey
  • Turkmenistan
  • Ukraine
  • United Kingdom
  • United States of America
  • Uruguay
  • Uzbekistan
  • Venezuela
  • Zimbabwe

If you require any further information on Hague Convention matters please contact us today.

 

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