Russian Court orders children’s return to UK

A North London mother has recently won a landmark ruling for the return of her two sons (aged 5 and 7 years old) from Russia to the UK after they were abducted by their father.

The mother, a former teacher, alleged that the father, a former university lecturer, took their two sons on a holiday in December 2012 but they never returned.

The mother issued missing persons notices for the two sons.

The father ignored repeated orders from the UK Courts to return their sons to the UK.

In September 2013, the Appellate Court of Moscow (the Court) ruled that the father had illegally kept the two sons in Russia in breach of a UK High Court Order and ordered the father to return the two sons to the UK.

The father subsequently appealed against the Court’s decision and was unsuccessful.

The mother had campaigned for 11 months for the return of the children to the UK.

This case is noteworthy as it is the first to successfully use the Convention of 25 October 1980 on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction (the Hague Convention) in the UK and Russia (which are signatories to the Convention).

Damien Greer and his team have a history of success in multi-jurisdictional disputes advising on issues including the application of the Hague convention, complex children’s matters, financial settlements and pre-nuptial agreements.

If you would like further information about this case and/or require legal assistance for an international family law matter, please do not hesitate to contact us to arrange an appointment with an experienced family lawyer.

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