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Philippa Morgan, Partner in Lyons Davidson’s Family Law department, is representing the leading international child abduction charity, reunite International Child Abduction Centre (pro bono) in the Supreme Court today, 18 November. Reunite has been given permission to intervene in the matter of KL (A Child).

Hague Convention

The are two issues before the court. Firstly, whether a child who is returned to a jurisdiction pursuant to a return order under the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction loses his or her habitual residence in circumstances where a notice of appeal is filed within the time limit for appealing and the appellate process is ongoing.

The second matter addresses the lower courts’ exercise of the inherent jurisdiction and whether the judge, at first instance, was wrong not to exercise it in favour of a return in this case.

Please check our website for more information about the Supreme Court’s decision in the near future.

For more information about any of the issues raised in this article or about international child abduction matters in general, contact Philippa Morgan on 0117 9045923 or by emailing [email protected].