The 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction entered into force between the United States and the Republic of Korea on November 1, 2013

HagueThe Convention is the primary civil law mechanism for parents seeking the return of children who have been abducted from or retained outside their country of habitual residence by another parent or family member.  Parents seeking access to children residing in treaty partner countries may also invoke the Convention.  The Convention is critically important because it establishes a formalized diplomatic channel through which partner countries can cooperate on international parental child abduction and establishes an internationally recognized framework to resolve parental abduction cases.  The Convention does not address who should have custody of the child; it addresses where the custody case should be heard.

For more information about international parental child abduction, please visit:  ChildrensIssues.state.gov

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