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How to proceed – child abduction to a foreign country

In the case that the child is abducted from the Czech Republic abroad, the Office proceeds pursuant to the EU regulation and Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction of 25 October 1980 as a requesting authority which sends a petition for the child’s return to the requested central authority to the country into which the child was illegally removed or retained.

The parent, from whom the child was abducted, can

  1. Demand the child’s return through the Office;
  2. Contact the central authority of the state into which the child was illegally removed;
  3. Turn directly to the court of that state (However, the motion must meet the conditions of the rule of law there).

In the case of proceeding according to the point 1, the Office closely co-operates with the Central Authority of the requested state. Further, the Office arranges the contact with the authority and submits reports about the development in the return proceedings to the parent from whom the child was abducted. The Office assists with completing and acquiring the documents necessary for the commencement and conduct of proceedings and documents which could make the return proceedings faster.

Each Central Authority, under the conditions resulting from the following national legal regulations, also provides legal counsel or secures or arranges for legal aid and contributes to the return of the abducted child and/or amicable resolution of the case.

We recommend contacting the Office first to consult a particular case and to secure documents needed for the commencement of return procedure only after doing so.



Office for International Legal Protection of Children

Silingrovo namesti 3/4
602 00 Brno, Czech Republic

tel.: 00420 542 215 522

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