Re B (Children) (return of children)

Family proceedings – Orders in family proceedings. The judge had erred in the exercise of his discretion in refusing to order the summary return of the children to Spain under the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction 1980. The Court of Appeal, Civil Division, held that the case was one of flagrant wrongful retention, followed by false assertions of consent and acquiescence and an almost immediate cutting-off of the children from the parent left behind. It was exactly the sort of case that the Convention existed to remedy.

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