WHAT IS THE PRINCIPLE BEHIND THE HAGUE CONVENTION?

The main principle of the Hague Convention is that custody battles over children should be fought in the country where the child is ‘habitually resident’, meaning the country where the child was living before he was abducted. 

The Hague Convention court proceedings take place in the country where the child is physically present (where has been removed to or where he has been retained). There is a strong presumption in the Hague Convention in favour of courts returning a child who has been wrongfully removed or retained if all the pre-conditions are met.

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