International abduction cases are cases where one of the parents abducts the child to another country without the consent of the other parent. The application is made under the Hague convention.
Children lived in the England and returned every summer holiday to Spain to be with the mother. An order for return (to Spain) of four children had been ordered in the lower court under the Hague convention. The father appealed on the basis that the children’s views had not been given sufficient consideration on what they considered to be habitual residence. The children adamantly refused to go back to Spain. Appeal granted and the case was sent back to consider the children’s views with them now being joined as party to the case.
Case of a mother abducting a child to Russia to frustrate a contact order to the father. The child and mothers’ whereabout being unknown. The rest of the family was brought to court and ordered to reveal the mother’s location. On failing to do so, they were threatened with contempt of court and imprisonment.