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Abduction to Germany

by claris / Posted 27/10/2009 / Updated 20/10/2016

My 3 kids aged 3,5 and 7 years old were abducted by their German mother to Germany in Feb 2009. I have everything right and still have not been able to get in contact with my kids. It is hard to believe that in 2009 such a state of affairs can exist in Europe!!


From Nick wride / Posted: 16/06/2012
I am extremely worried that my wife will abduct my children . We are considering separation and my wife is pregnant with our third(against my wishes) . What preventative measures can I take?
From carrie-a / Posted: 28/10/2012
What has happened? Have you got regular access, have the children been repatriated ? Germany seems to believe all children born to German passport holders are better brought up on German soil - even if they have never lived there. I understand the average application of Hague Convention return from Germany is 7 years (compare UK !)Is this correct or just rumour?
From rob W / Posted: 29/11/2012
Hi claris, you have my sympathy. My case is not as serious as yours but still troubling to me. My ex-wife took my son to live in Germany in April. Although he skypes me regularly and I have seen him a couple of times it is still really hard. Recently the German authorities contacted me and have demanded maintenance. I asked my local solicitors and they said as Germany is in the EU, she is within her right to move there and the UK courts will uphold a Germna maintenance order via a Reciprocal Maintenance Order. So, not only do I not see him but I am extorted out of money too. Regards, Rob
From andy a / Posted: 20/10/2016
in germany for the first thing is to establish your ´parental rights´ (aka ´joint custody´. This is done with the mother, or through a court (a short procedure..5-6 weeks). Since 2010 its given to unmarried as well as married fathers. Then you have rights to be consulted on the child, and rights of access and to represent the child in all situations (i.e. schools, doctors, moving abroad etc).
From BA / Posted: 20/10/2016
Does this mean Germany does not follow Hague convention??

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