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International Family Law

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22 MAY 2012

Hong Kong - What is the Hague Convention?

Jennifer Ip

The Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction (the Convention) was made in the Netherlands in 1980 and the Child Abduction and Custody Ordinance (Cap.512) (CACO) was enacted on 5 September 1997 to give effect to the Convention in Hong Kong.

The Convention focuses on protecting children internationally from the harmful effects of their wrongful removal or retention and establishes civil procedures to ensure their prompt return to the places of their habitual residence.

The Convention applies to any child who was habitually resident in a contracting state immediately before any breach of custody or access rights. The Convention shall cease to apply when the child attains the age of 16.

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