Japan close to joining Hague Convention


Source: Dadsdivorce.com

Japan close to joining Hague Convention to address parental kidnappings

Because of the difference between Japanese and American laws regarding custody and kidnapping, Japan has become a safe refuge for parents who abduct their own children and want to keep them away from their American fathers.

That may no longer be the case, though, as Japan has endorsed plans to bring itself in line with the international child custody convention commonly referred to as the Hague Convention, according to an Associated Press report.

The Hague Convention is a treaty between roughly 80 countries that agree to cooperate and abide by one set of laws for the return of children removed from their home country over custody disputes. (For more information, read the article “Hague Convention – International Child Abduction Help.”)

International kidnapping of children of divorce is exacerbated when the kidnapping parent retreats to countries such as Japan, who have not signed the Hague Convention.

Japan has been seen as a safe harbor for kidnapper parents, though increased attention and foreign pressure was put on the country following the 2009 case of Christopher Savoie.

Savoie was imprisoned in Japan for trying to rescue his kidnapped children after his ex-wife broke Tennessee state law by illegally removing the children from the United States. (Watch our interview with Savoie’s lawyer shortly after his client was arrested.)

Current Japanese law allows only one parent to have custody of children in divorce cases — nearly always the mother, according to the AP story. That has kept foreign, and even Japanese fathers, from having access to their children.

The AP said the new law would allow foreign parents more access to their children. While it is expected that the Cabinet will approve the change in custody laws, the proposal must also by approved by parliament, according to the AP story.

Published by: ABP World Group International Child Recovery Services

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One thought on “Japan close to joining Hague Convention

  1. Being a mother whose children were abducted by their father and taken overseas, i cannot understand why countries continue to favour abductors regardless of whether they are in the Hague Convention or not. Its extremely sad and almost bizarre that in this day and age, countries all over the World persist to alienate the children involved in these cases. Parents who abduct their children and cut the other parent out of their lives should be jailed with no exception. Its the children who suffer. The Hague Convention is not a strict enough deterrent for abductors and its too easy for the abducting parent to find an excuse to not return the child. Stricter laws must be put in place if the Hauge Convention is really going to work. Statistics prove its fails constantly.

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