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Megan Palin’s recent article highlighted the growing reality of parental abduction in Australia. Statistics show that we hold ‘the highest per capita rate of parental child abduction in the world with about 250-300 cases every year.’ Palin went on to state in accordance with the Attorney-General’s Department that when applying for recovery orders, ‘some applications are rejected on the basis that the child in question has spent 12 months or more in the country he or she was taken to and “settled”.’ This highlights the importance of gaining legal advice on child custody laws early on from a family law lawyer if you find yourself in such a situation.

The importance of appropriate legal advice about  child custody laws to guide your application cannot be stressed enough in order to have a better fighting chance at recovering your child. If you are currently going through a divorce where children are involved and you are unsure of the child custody laws and your child custody rights and fear that your child may or has already been abducted by your ex-partner; then you should seek custody advice from our divorce and child custody lawyers who can aid you in preventing or retrieving your child/children. Our Accredited Family Law Specialists are able to look at the best outcome for you and give you custody advice as to your legal rights and entitlements to prevent you becoming part of the statistic.

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If you wish to read the article by Megan Palin, click here.

Family law situations can be complex and sometimes they can involve serious issues.  Information outlined is proposed to provide general guidance only. Due to the seriousness of legal matters as well as the uniqueness of your individual situation, professional advice should be sought. For advice, please contact one of our Family Lawyers.