Hague Convention on Child Abduction

The Hague Convention (which New Zealand has adopted) prevents children being taken from the country where they are living without the consent of the parent who is left behind. The Convention also operates to protect children where they have been taken to another country with permission of the parent left behind (perhaps for a holiday) but then retained without consent.

We can help you with legal advice and legal processes to prevent children being removed unlawfully from New Zealand, seeking the return of children who have been taken out of New Zealand, and how to go about legally taking a child overseas.


International Adoption

Adoptions involving children living overseas can be complex and tend to take a long time. There are international laws and protocols that need to be complied with, and the New Zealand Central Authority (for international adoptions) needs to approve the process.
•Different rules apply to countries which are not parties to the Hague Convention on Intercountry adoption. We can advise you on the law and legal processes for adoption of children in these countries.


International Relocation

Family relationships increasingly cross international boundaries. When a relationship breaks down, one of the parties often wishes to return to their country of origin.

We have experience of running international cases and cases in New Zealand both in applying to relocate and resisting such an application.