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Court proceedings on the return in the Czech Republic

The petition seeking the return of the child is to be filed by the parent with the Municipal Court in Brno and the hearing should be listed within 3 weeks. The decision should be rendered within 6 weeks from initiating the proceedings, and of the petition has been granted, the decision is provisionally enforceable. This means that the parent who arrived in the Czech Republic with the child shall, immediately after issuing the decision (or possibly within the period determined in the decision), return with the child to the place of the habitual residence or hand over the child to the abandoned parent. In the course of the proceedings, the court may order the supervision of the child’s movement, including an injunction to leave the territory of the Czech Republic without the court’s consent, and it may also order contact with the abandoned parent.

In the event that the parent who abducted the child fails to attend the court hearing or fails to submit at least a written statement, the court shall assume that the parent has not raised any objections against the return (§ 488 of Act No. 292/2013 Coll., on Special Court Proceedings).

Unless the child is returned pursuant to the court decision, they may be, within the ordered enforcement, handed over to the parent seeking the return, with the assistance of a bailiff, social workers and police. Due to the fact that it may represent a highly traumatising intervention in the child’s life, all the authorities concerned first attempt to achieve an amicable solution. The court may order meeting a mediator or an expert on child psychology, and it may also repeatedly impose fines of up to 50,000 CZK.



Office for International Legal Protection of Children

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602 00 Brno, Czech Republic

tel.: 00420 542 215 522

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