167 parent abductions still unresolved
24 September 2007, BRUSSELS – The ministry of Justice opens hundreds of new files on parental abductions each year, De Morgen reports on Monday.
24 September 2007
BRUSSELS – The ministry of Justice opens hundreds of new files on parental abductions each year, De Morgen reports on Monday.
The resolution to these abductions does not depend on the country to which the children have been taken, but the willingness of the parents to agree to a compromise. Josianne Paul, head of International Civilian Legal Aid at the justice ministry, says this in De Morgen.
Some cases are resolved in a few weeks' time, the longest so far has dragged on for eight years. At the moment 167 cases are pending. Most parents who kidnap their children take them to France, Germany, Spain, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom or Italy.
This weekend it was reported that a four-year-old boy whose father had kidnapped him from Belgium has been taken into a Turkish orphanage after being removed from the father's custody. The mother plans to fly to Turkey next week to await the Turkish court's decision in the case.
[Copyright Expatica News 2007]
Subject: Belgian news