Have you been a victim of child abduction?
In relationships or marriages between partners from different cultures, a separation or a resulting custody dispute can also be associated with the kidnapping of the child.
Even with joint custody, according to a current decision of the Cologne Higher Regional Court of March 31, 2017, the deprivation of a child by the other part of the custodian is punishable.
Very often it occurs that a parent (of foreign origin) takes their child to their home country against the knowledge or the consent of the other parent.
In this case the Hague Convention (HKC) takes over. The Hague Child Abduction Convention (HKC) of October 25, 1980 is a multilateral agreement within the framework of the Hague Conference on Private International Law. It concerns cases of international child abduction.
Unfortunately, in many cases the HKÜ attempts to return children do not work, or the child return process takes several years.
It is common for the child to become estranged from their home language or culture or to suffer psychological and physical damage.
Has your partner fled to another country with your child?
Extract from a real case:
A father (foreign citizen) leaves the country after a dispute with his wife (German citizen) without the consent of the mother and flies to his home country. The mother is not told where her child is.
Contact with the child is prevented by the father and communication with the father is only continued through lawyers and foreign authorities.
In most cases, authorities have no legal control in other countries regardless of the child or parent’s citizenship. Unfortunately, many such cases last, are never resolved if professional help from a detective agency is not used.
Our detectives investigate in all countries
Of course, it is up to the affected family to decide whether and when, in addition to the police investigation, a professional detective is brought in.