Child Abduction

If a child is removed without permission from the person who has custody, they are considered to have been abducted. 

Contact the Gardaí immediately, if you believe your child is in danger of being abducted.

Abduction by other parent

If your child’s other parent removes them from you without your permission, you need to contact a solicitor as soon as possible. It is an offence to unlawfully abduct a child, even if you are a parent. The Hague Convention and the Luxembourg Convention restrict the practice of child abduction and were incorporated into Irish law by the Child Abduction Act 1991. They are designed to ensure the prompt return of children to the appropriate legal jurisdiction, as long as it is in the child’s best interests to do so. 

Legal decisions about the child are generally made in the country where the child lives, so if your child is taken from their home in Ireland, Irish laws should apply. However, it can be difficult to secure the return of the child, even with a favourable court order. In such cases, you may still have to work with the legal system in the country the child has been abducted to.

Ireland has signed the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction (1980), which embraces the principle that the court of the child's habitual residence is best placed to decide any custody disputes. Irish domestic law incorporates both the Hague and Luxembourg conventions in the Child Abduction and Custody Orders Act 1991. If you wish to report a child abduction into Ireland, you need to apply to the Central Authority for Ireland at the Department of Justice.

Contact the Gardaí immediately, if you believe your child is in danger of being abducted.

You may take legal action after  you have been involved in an accident or injured because of somebody else’s actions or negligence*.

Personal injury claims generally involve:

  • A plaintiff or claimant  – this is the person making the claim (you).
  • A defendant – the person(s) you are making the claim against.
  • Your solicitor 
  • PIAB – Personal Injury Assessment Board (often called the Injuries Board). PIAB assesses most  personal injury claims before any further steps are considered.

What Are the Common Injuries Sustained In Accidents?

For every type of accident, whether a car crash, a slip and fall, or a product related injury, there is a wide array of injury types that can occur. Every part of the body is susceptible to different forms of injury and the forces applied upon the body when an accident occurs will dictate the kind of injury as well as the severity.

As a personal injury law firm with over 50 years experience representing injured parties Ireland we understand the nature of various types of injuries. We are able to articulate the effects they have on a client’s life, and the types of medical care required, in the context of a personal injury case.

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