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Cross-border parental child abduction

What to do if it happens and a child gets abducted by a parent and taken out of the country? The EU has made a special program for this to help much quicker. Therefore they published a video in different languages.

Our appeal to all: Please don't look away, we are all humans and we have to be there for each other and especially effected people need any help they can get. Show them a solution with this video.

The alugha team thinks this is a very important matter, that concerns us all, we cannot look away, we have to help!

If you are an international couple and you decide to separate, you or your partner may wish to move to another country in Europe and you may wish to take your child with you.

It's important to put the rights, welfare and needs of your child first.

Before taking any decision on where you and your child will live, you should stop...think...and take advice from a specialized family lawyer.

If you are planning to settle down in a new country, you should come to an agreement with your partner or get a court order before leaving the country with your child.

Otherwise it can be considered Parental Child Abduction and you will break the law.

Without permission or a court order you may trigger a judicial procedure to return your child immediately to the country where he or she used to live.

You may also face criminal proceedings.

There are specialist central authorities in each country dealing with children.
By taking expert advice you can avoid a potentially stressful, harmful and emotionally distressing situation.

Make sure your story has a happy ending, too.