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17,000 air miles add up for the return of abducted children

At a time when we are concerned about the effects of air travel on global warming, and the impact of the war in Ukraine on fuel prices, it may seem inappropriate to mention air miles. But there is one set of circumstances, when we hope this might be excusable – the return of a child to their parent after an international abduction.

Looking back at the countries involved in the last twelve months, our international child abduction team has handled cases involving counties near and far:

  • Hungary – 928 miles
  • Republic of Ireland – 288 miles.
  • Singapore – 6,753 miles
  • South Africa – 5620 miles
  • The Netherlands – 231 miles
  • USA – 3451 miles

Six children have journeyed almost 17,000 miles in total, as family disputes over where a child should live have been bought to a conclusion.

Miles & Partners is one of only a few firms of solicitors specialising in child abduction cases and we are members of the International Child Abduction and Contact Unit’s panel of specialist solicitors. We are also on the Reunite  list of approved firms.  Our specialist solicitors are renowned for their expertise and professionalism and regularly act in high profile child abduction cases.

The contents of this article are for the purposes of general awareness only. They do not purport to constitute legal or professional advice. The law may have changed since this article was published. Readers should not act on the basis of the information included and should take appropriate professional advice upon their own particular circumstances.

Amanda Dench, Miles & Partners Solicitors, London

Amanda Dench


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