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[2021] EWHC 3626 (Fam) – Hague Convention; abducting parent refusing to return

17 November 2021


This is an application made pursuant to the Hague Convention for the return of a boy, now aged nearly 4½, to the United States of America. The circumstances of the abduction were grave. The mother removed the child from Illinois to England on 20 April 2019. She initially retained some contact and communication with the father until early July 2019, but then deliberately and effectively went underground and into hiding for two years