Hague Convention On International Child Abduction

The Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction, or simply "The Hague Convention," is an international treaty providing for the prompt return of a child abducted or retained from his or her country of habitual residence. The treaty is designed to deter parents and other relatives from "forum shopping" ( i.e., traveling with a child in search of a sympathetic family court).

Few firms possess the experience and expertise necessary to argue Hague Convention matters. Our firm has successfully argued, both at trial and on appeal, some of the more interesting and difficult Hague Convention cases to appear in Texas, including the important case of In re S.J.O.B.G., 292 S.W.3d 764 (Tex. App.—Beaumont 2009). Whether your child is wrongfully retained in a foreign country, or it is alleged that you are wrongfully retaining a child here in the United States, we have the experience and expertise to argue your case effectively.


For a list of countries in which the convention applies, see the State Department's list here.

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