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International Wardship

Duncan Lewis Children Lawyers – International Wardship


International wardship can be used to protect a child from being removed from the custodial parent unlawfully and being taken abroad to live.


International wardship can also be used in cases where a child may already have been removed unlawfully from the custodial parent and remains abroad, even if a court order has been obtained in the High Court ordering that they be returned to the parent granted custody.


It is crucial that action is taken quickly in cases involving international child abduction – and international wardship is an area of law which requires special expertise in family and children law.


Duncan Lewis has recognised expertise in resolving international parent-child abduction cases and can act swiftly:

  • In cases where a child has already been removed from the UK to a country which has signed up to the Hague Convention, Duncan Lewis child abduction solicitors can advise on applying to the High Court to make them a ward of court, if a court order for their return has not been complied with.
  • If a child has been taken to a country which is not signed up to the Hague Convention, Duncan Lewis can still take action to apply to the court to become the child’s legal guardian.
  • If a child is at risk of being taken abroad unlawfully – or an ex-partner intends to move overseas and wishes to establish residency there with a child or children they do not have custody of – Duncan Lewis can advise on applying to the High Court for international wardship, where the court will again become the child’s legal guardian.
  • Once a child has become a ward of court, Duncan Lewis can ask the the court to issue an All-Port Warning so that border agencies will be aware of the child’s status and can prevent the child from being removed from the UK.
  • Duncan Lewis solicitors speak more than 70 languages between them and have affiliates worldwide to help locate abducted children and take action to return them to the custodial parent.

Duncan Lewis has highly successful departments covering family law, child care law, immigration law and litigation – and can also advise on international divorce and child care matters under Islamic law.


Duncan Lewis children lawyers are also members of the International Child Abduction and Contact Unit (ICACU) panel and are also listed on the Reunite website.


Duncan Lewis can also arrange for lawyers supported family mediation in cases where there is dispute between parents over the custody of a child involving more than one jurisdiction.


Duncan Lewis Children Lawyers – Legal Aid and Fixed Fee Legal Advice on International Wardship


Clients are usually eligible for Legal Aid funding for cases involving child protection and child abduction.


Duncan Lewis can advise further on funding options at the initial client meeting, when the case will be assessed.


Duncan Lewis advises clients to get in touch as soon as possible in cases involving international parent child abduction, so that swift action can be taken to prevent a child being taken overseas unlawfully – or to initiate proceedings for the return of a child who has been removed unlawfully from the parent with custody.


In urgent cases where a child has already been removed from the custodial parent or is at risk of being abducted by the non-custodial parent – Duncan Lewis strongly advises parents to call the Duncan Lewis Emergency Hotline on 020 7275 2036, where a specialist child abduction lawyer is available 24/7 and can act swiftly to protect your child.


In non-urgent cases involving International Wardship, call Duncan Lewis Children Lawyers in confidence on 020 7923 4020.

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