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I am going to focus this afternoon on the links that exist, and any possible lessons we can learn, between the topics of relocation and abduction. Some of you may know that I have been working for what seems to be a lifetime in these areas, firstly abduction, and then relocation; and that seems to me to be the right order because people have been abducting their children for a long time, whilst relocations increased more recently with the greater travel opportunities that now exist. People relocated less in the past, but they abducted quite often, and this was the impetus which eventually led to the implementation of the 1980 Hague Child Abduction Convention.
By Professor Marilyn Freeman, The Centre for Family Law and Practice, London Metropolitan University
The full version of this article appears in the March 2013 issue of International Family Law.
Provides comprehensive coverage of the international elements of English family law