Re K (a child) (international child abduction: forum conveniens)

Minor – Abduction. The father had left the child in Singapore with his parents and the mother had sought the child's return to England. The court had determined that the English courts had jurisdiction based on the child's habitual residence, while the issues of welfare and forum conveniens were to be dealt with at a later date. During wardship proceedings, the judge stated that he had been asked to reconsider habitual residence by incorporating those two outstanding issues. The judge found that the court had previously found that the proper forum was England and made orders against the father. The Court of Appeal, Civil Division, allowed the father's appeal and held that the judge had not properly engaged in a legally correct, or procedurally correct, way with the issue of forum.

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