Child abduction cases can leave a parent or guardian feeling helpless and in need of legal support from a trusted professional at short notice. Here is some basic advice and guidance to help inform your choice of legal service provider.
There are generally two forms of child abduction. The first is a parental child abduction where a parent or connected person takes a child from the other parent. The second is where a child is taken by a stranger or third party.
A third party abduction is a criminal offence which will be investigated by the police. A parental abduction is more likely to be viewed as a non-criminal matter unless the child is taken outside of England and Wales. A legal service provider can play a role in finding a resolution between the parties.
A legal service provider can advise on the process of mediation in the event of a parental abduction and work towards an agreement between both parties. If this is not successful, it is likely that court action will be necessary and your legal services provider will help to you build the strongest case possible at court.
Child abduction cases can be complex and it is important to choose a legal service provider with the necessary experience. In choosing your legal expert, you may wish to consider factors such as location, cost and size of a firm, as well as reviews and ratings left by existing clients before making your decision.
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A legal service provider will typically charge on an hourly rate basis for a child abduction case.
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