International Social Service - International Parental Child Abduction - Legal Assistance

Address Details
Street: Level 2,
313-315 Flinders Lane
Melbourne 3000
Contact Details
Telephone No: 1300 657 843
Telephone No: (03) 9614 8755
Fax No: (03) 9614 8766
Other Information

ISS Australia’s International Parental Child Abduction Legal Assistance Service provides free expert legal assistance to:

  • parents in Australia whose children have been taken or kept overseas without consent
  • parents in Australia seeking access to their children who are living overseas

Our qualified legal staff can assist by:

  • providing information to parents and organisations about:
    • how to reduce the risk of a child being taken from Australia without consent
    • the legal avenues available to secure contact with a child living overseas
    • the legal avenues available to help recover children from overseas
  • providing legal assistance to:
    • recover children who have been taken to or kept in one of the countries bound by the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction 1980 (Hague Convention)
    • enforce access rights regarding children living in a Hague Convention country.

We can assist by:

  • assessing the likelihood of securing the return of a child from overseas
  • assessing the likelihood of obtaining access to a child living overseas
  • preparing applications and supporting documents for return or access through the Hague Convention
Hours Open: Monday to Friday 9.00am to 5.00pm