Child abduction—emergency remedies
Child abduction—emergency remedies

The following Family practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Child abduction—emergency remedies
  • Procedure
  • Tipstaff
  • Tipstaff orders
  • Location order
  • Passport order
  • Collection order
  • Port alert
  • Passports
  • Publicity

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Guidance has been issued, including by the President of the Family Division, regarding all proceedings in the Family Court in England and Wales during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and until further notice, which profoundly affects normal practice, including requirements for the majority of family hearings to be dealt with remotely. For details about the changes to court processes and procedures during this time, see Practice Note: Coronavirus (COVID–19)—news and resources for family lawyers. In addition, the Coronavirus (COVID-19) toolkit provides easy access to news, practical guidance and Q&As from across a number of Practice Areas (subject to subscription). This Practice Note sets out the procedure prior to the pandemic and during this period of disruption to the justice system, practitioners should be aware that local practice may vary.

This Practice Note provides guidance on emergency steps that may be taken in child abduction cases including location orders, passport orders, port alerts, collection orders and orders for action by the court Tipstaff. It also details the procedural requirements of Family Procedure Rules 2010, PD 12E (FPR 2010) and guidance issued by the then President of the Family Division in March 2018. For further practical guidance on practice and procedure in child abduction cases, see Practice Notes:

  1. Child abduction—introduction and issuing proceedings (1980 Hague Convention)

  2. Child abduction—procedure and evidence (Hague Convention)

  3. Child abduction—orders to locate and

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