For Professionals

Professionals active in various fields are in contact with people facing cross-border family conflicts:  child protection workers and family counsellors, police, judges, legal representatives of the child, lawyers and prosecutors.

Counselling and supporting parents who face a cross-border family conflict represents a particular challenge, not only in relation to the time spent on these often complex situations, but also because of the legal, linguistic and cultural skills required. It is for example important to determine if the family conflict takes place in a Contracting State of the 1980 Hague Convention and if a procedure for return has been initiated under that Convention.

In addition, parents whose child has been abducted to another country often experience great distress and are in need of special care.

The following pages are intended to give an overview of the cross-border procedures. As we cannot detail all scenarios and cases, we invite you to contact us for further information.

Children faced with conflicts

Parental Authority

Visitation Rights

Child Abduction