child abduction

International Child Abduction

If the unthinkable happens and you are separated unfairly from your children, you need a reliable recourse. Our firm is experienced in matters of international child abduction and can represent you resourcefully when it comes to this extremely important and urgent situation.

A good demonstration of our expertise in this field may be found in a case, which we won in 2007, involving the Province of Quebec and the State of California, U.S.A., copy of which you will find by selecting this hyperlink or by going to the Cases section of this website. In this case pleaded before the Superior Court of Quebec, we were representing the father of three minor children who were kidnapped by their mother. The children had their regular residence in California and were kidnapped by their mother, who brought them with her to the Province of Quebec. Our firm in accordance with the Act Respecting the Civil Aspects of International and Interprovincial Child Abduction instituted proceedings seeking the immediate return of the children to California.

This decision addresses many legal issues that are often raised in international child abduction cases. The decision also examines the interpretation of certain provisions of the Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction (often referred to as "The Hague Convention").

See also the case EYB 2008-143827 won by our Law Firm in July 2008 in the CASES section of this website. This case is addressing one of the exceptions listed in the "Law pertaining to the civil aspects of international and interprovincial child abduction,” which may be raised against the forced return of children illegally removed from its place of habitual residence.


KALMAN SAMUELS, Avocats / Attorneys Inc.
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MontréalMontréal, Québec Québec H3Z 2P9
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