"Grave Risk" Debated During COVID-19
The global outbreak of COVID-19 has caused major complications in determining whether a child’s return to their home country could be seen as a “grave risk” for the child as defined under Article 13(b) of the Hague Convention. It cannot be said that the return of a child during the COVID-19 pandemic constitutes a grave risk in all child abduction cases– but it will likely continue to be debated and could ultimately bring brand new meaning to the notion of “grave risk” under the Convention.
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by Amy Keating and Chris Reynolds
Article from Family Lawyer Magazine, Fall 2020
For more information on child abduction and the Hague Convention
Check out our blog post on Interstate and International Child Custody, https://www.austindivorceattorney.org/interstate-and-international-child-custody/.
- You can also find a current list of Hague Convention members https://www.hcch.net/en/states/hcch-members
- A Toolkit for the 1980 Child Abduction Convention in times of COVID-19 https://assets.hcch.net/docs/2aee3e82-8524-4450-8c9a-97b250b00749.pdf on their official website.
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