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Child Abduction

If a child is removed from your care and taken abroad without your permission this can be unlawful and requires urgent action. Child abduction is a complex area of law and it is essential to take urgent specialist legal advice to ensure the safe and prompt return of the child to this country. If the wrong steps are taken, these can have far reaching and permanent consequences. Our child abduction team has extensive experience in acting for parents in cases where children have been removed both within the UK and abroad. We are members of the International Child Abduction and Contact Unit (ICACU) and members of the Lord Chancellor’s Child Abduction Panel. As panel members we are experienced in dealing with emergency situations including urgent applications (often out of conventional court hours) for orders to find children both within the UK and abroad.

Child Abduction FAQs

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Kevin has expertise in international custody disputes, child abduction, matrimonial proceedings and care proceedings. He is ass…
Janet specialises in domestic and international family law, particularly matters involving children. She has specific exp…
Ann Thompson has been a qualified solicitor since 1992 having originally trained and worked as a barrister. Ann Thompson joined…

Moving Children Abroad

If you wish to take your child abroad on holiday or move permanently to a country outside of England and Wales you need the consent of the other parent (and anyone else who has parental responsibility for your child). If you have a Child Arrangements order which specifies that the child or children live with you then you can go on holiday for up to 28 days in one year, without consent but in all other circumstances consent is required to avoid the removal of your child being unlawful. In the absence of consent you must make an application to the court for permission to leave. Goodman Ray regularly acts for parents who wish to move abroad or who wish to prevent a parent relocating with the children. We also advise parents whose children have already been removed and their options to get their children back or to enforce their rights to see their children either here or abroad. These are complex applications that require expert advice and guidance at an early stage to ensure the best possible chance of success.

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Peggy specialises in complex cases concerning children. She acts for children, young people and parents involved in care procee…
Trudi leads the Divorce and Matrimonial Finance Team and has been a partner at Goodman Ray since May 2000 as head…
Jemma is the partner in the Adoption, Surrogacy and International Child Care department. She specialises in and has exten…
Kevin has expertise in international custody disputes, child abduction, matrimonial proceedings and care proceedings. He is ass…
Katrin joined the Adoption, Surrogacy and International Child Care Department in 2015. She specialises in cases concerning children …
Janet specialises in domestic and international family law, particularly matters involving children. She has specific exp…
Ann Thompson has been a qualified solicitor since 1992 having originally trained and worked as a barrister. Ann Thompson joined…

Forced Marriage

In a forced marriage a person is coerced into marrying someone against their will and under duress. They may be physically threatened or emotionally blackmailed to do so. It is an abuse of human rights and is unlawful. It is important to distinguish between an arranged marriage, which is not unlawful, and a forced marriage. An arranged marriage is where you have a choice as to whether to accept the arrangement or not. The tradition of arranged marriages has operated within many communities and countries for a long time and continues to do so.

Goodman Ray has a team of experts who are experienced in representing and protecting clients who are either threatened with forced marriage, who have been forced into a marriage or stranded abroad as a result of a forced marriage. Our team have undertaken specialist training in this complex area and are experienced in the necessary court procedures. We provide training on forced marriages and honour based violence to local agencies such as Hackney social services, the NIA project, IMECE (a Turkish women’s organisation) and domestic violence training to advocates

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Kevin has expertise in international custody disputes, child abduction, matrimonial proceedings and care proceedings. He is ass…
Ann Thompson has been a qualified solicitor since 1992 having originally trained and worked as a barrister. Ann Thompson joined…

International Adoption

As families become more and more international we find increasingly that parents are looking to international adoption or adoption orders being made in other countries to complete their families. The rules relating to international adoptions are complex and this is a highly specialist area of law which can involve complex immigration and regulatory issues.

We can advise:

• Parents who are living in this country and want to adopt a child from abroad
• Parents who are living or working abroad and want to adopt a child, either abroad or in the UK

Our specialist team can advise you clearly about the law and explain the strict rules and regulations that may apply to your situation. We have established strong relationships with immigration lawyers, local authorities and adoption agencies.

Top Tips for Intercountry Adoption

Goodman Ray were the instructed lawyers for the adopters on the leading cases in relation to the recognition of a foreign adoption order under English law:

Re R [2012] EWHC 2956 (Fam)
and
D-v-D (foreign adoption) [2008] 1 FLR 1475

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Jemma is the partner in the Adoption, Surrogacy and International Child Care department. She specialises in and has exten…
Katrin joined the Adoption, Surrogacy and International Child Care Department in 2015. She specialises in cases concerning children …

Surrogacy

Surrogacy is an arrangement between two people who want to parent a child and a woman who agrees to carry and give birth to that child. Under English law the surrogate mother remains the legal mother, wherever the child was conceived and/or born. unless orders are made to the contrary by the court. These are known as “parental orders” and give the intended parents legal parental rights and ends that of the surrogate mother. Once a parental order is made a new birth certificate naming the intended parents will be issued to replace the first birth certificate.

These arrangements can be very complex and you should always seek specialist legal advice, ideally in advance of making any agreements.

Our specialist team can advise you through the process and the law relating to surrogacy arrangements.

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For further information please contact one of our specialists

Jemma is the partner in the Adoption, Surrogacy and International Child Care department. She specialises in and has exten…
Kevin has expertise in international custody disputes, child abduction, matrimonial proceedings and care proceedings. He is ass…