Child abduction—orders to locate and recover a child in the UK
Child abduction—orders to locate and recover a child in the UK

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

  • Child abduction—orders to locate and recover a child in the UK
  • Disclosure and location orders
  • Government organisations
  • Practice points
  • Other mechanisms of locating and recovering a child
  • Child abduction to other UK jurisdictions and the Isle of Man

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). The President has issued temporary amendments to the practice guidance on case management and mediation in international child abduction proceedings. 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 sets out the steps that may be taken to obtain information to locate a child who has been abducted into this jurisdiction including by the obtaining of a location or disclosure order. It also details the various government agencies and other organisations to whom an information request may be made and the procedure to locate and recover a child together with other mechanisms of locating and recovering a child, for example under the

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