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Jail time likely for mother who kidnapped her child

by Kerry White on September 25, 2014

Kerry White

An Australian woman is in custody in Queensland and awaiting extradition to the United States for abducting her 10month old child in 1994 contrary to court orders.

The Australian woman whose child is now an adult, lost her appeal against extradition to the United States and now faces a possible 10 year term in jail as a result of her … Read more

Child abduction. Why the law has to change.

by Peter Magee on December 31, 2011

Peter Magee
The statistics about abduction of children from Australia are shocking. For example, on average 2 to 3 children are wrongfully removed from Australia or kept in another country overseas every week by one of their parents.

The Federal Government has heeded recommendations of the Family Law Council of Australia and has proposed to implement laws giving the Family Court of … Read more

The object of the Hague Convention on the civil aspects of international child abduction is to secure the prompt return of a child taken from one convention country to another, being the country in which the child is generally habitual resident, prior to the unlawful retention or removal of the child. There are a number of countries that are signatories … Read more

Six warning signs of possible child abduction

by Peter Magee on October 1, 2010

Peter Magee

The Government’s missing persons website is run by the Australian Federal Police.  According to the website, “There are serious emotional consequences for the abducted child taken from all that is familiar, most usually to the parent’s country of origin. As the child is already dealing with the breakdown of the family unit, this additional trauma can cause emotional problems which Read more

When a parent abducts a child

by Peter Magee on September 27, 2010

Andrew Thompson

Abducted child, Andrew Thompson has recently been relocated.

You may have heard by now of the remarkable case of Andrew Thompson, a young boy  recently located in Europe after being abducted by his mother two and a half years ago. Andrew’s parents were involved in hostile Family Court litgation in Australia when Andrew was a toddler. In the middle of … Read more