Brief – New rules on child abduction come into force

Since 1 March, all member state EU courts ruling on
child abduction cases have six weeks to order the return of
children to their families in their EU country of
origin.

Under the regulation, it is up to the judges in the member state
of origin to take a final decision on whether the child shall
return or not. When it is issued, the ruling automatically becomes
enforceable in other EU countries without the need for further
proceedings. The same simplified procedure will also apply to
rulings on the visiting rights of parents.

Justice Commissioner Franco Frattini hailed the new regulation
as “a milestone in the creation of a common judicial area in family
law matters and a significant step forward in the EU policy to
protect and promote the rights of the child”. 

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