1980 Meeting of Commonwealth Law Ministers

Barbados, 28 April – 2 May 1980: Memoranda

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The International Abduction of Children by a Parent or Guardian


Law Ministers will recall that at their Winnipeg Meeting, the problem of parental abduction of children from the parent with lawful custody was discussed. It was seen as one of immense social importance requiring concrete and early action to achieve greater co-operation in the enforcement of custody orders. Ministers emphasised that their concern was for the welfare of the children involved and felt that the existence of Commonwealth arrangements could reduce the number of unhappy incidents all too common in their jurisdictions.


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