Gouvernement du Québec - Justice

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International Child Abduction

For the past few years, the number of international child abductions has been on the rise. Such abductions usually occur when one of the parents has been denied custody of a child or fears of losing custody of the child. That parent then reacts by taking the child to another country. The reason for this is, on the one hand, to prevent the other parent from exercising his or her rights of custody or of access and, on the other hand, to try to obtain custody of the child in a foreign country.

The Minister of Justice of Québec acts as the Central Authority responsible for the application of the Act respecting the civil aspects of international and interprovincial child abduction and the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. The Minister helps to locate and bring home children who have been wrongfully removed to or retained in a foreign country or Québec by a parent

If you find yourself in a similar situation or if you want to learn how to prevent an abduction, we suggest that you consult this website or contact the Central Authority for Québec.

Central Authority for Québec
Application of the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction
Aims and objectives of the Act and of the Hague Convention
Applicability
Exceptions to the return of a child
Application for assistance with the Central Authority for Québec at the time of wrongful removal or retention of a child
Application for assistance with the Central Authority for Québec in organizing or securing the exercise of rights of access
Costs
Interprovincial removal or retention
Criminal aspect of international abduction
Removal of a child to or retention of a child in a non-designated country
Preventive measures where there is a risk that a child might be removed or retained

Additional information

List of the designated States for the purposes of the Act respecting the civil aspects of international and interprovincial child abduction
Statistics on abductions and on organizing or securing the exercise of rights of access for Québec
Related Acts and Convention
Jurisprudence
Documents
   Bibliography (Articles and publications)
   Links
Forms
   Request for return
   Request for assistance in organizing or securing the exercise of rights of access

Fore more information
International Child Abduction in Brief




Latest update: October 4, 2005



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