International Child Abduction

The Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction is applicable in the province of Quebec since January 1st, 1985, when the Act Respecting the Civil Aspects of International and Interprovincial Child Abduction came into force.

Quite often, international child abduction cases occur when the parents are going through separation and/or divorce proceedings, or when one of the parents disagrees with a custody/visiting rights order. The main objective of the Convention is to make sure that litigation with regard to custody of a child under the age of 16 years old will take place before the tribunal of his habitual residence. More precisely, the Convention will prevent situations where custody orders are rendered in the country where the abducted child is located. This can be accomplished by asking for the immediate return of the wrongfully removed child in his country of habitual residence in virtue of the principles established by the Convention, which are internationally recognised by the signatory members.

The Ministry of Justice of Quebec designed a website devoted to International Child Abduction and we are referring you to this very useful resource in order to obtain information with regard to the Central Authority of Quebec, including but not limited to the application, the aim and objectives and the applicability/exceptions of the Hague Convention

This website also provides information concerning the procedure to follow in order to present an Application for Assistance to the Central Authority of Quebec

Our International Child Abduction lawyers in Montreal are equipped with the tools required for efficient representation of the parent whose minor child has been abducted, or the parent seeking for the applicability of an exception of non-return contained in the Hague Convention.