N (a child) [2020] EWFC 35

2nd June 2020

Barrister: Sophie Smith-Holland
Source: Family Law Week

Summary: In this case the child (“N”) had been unilaterally removed by the mother (“M”) from England to her mother’s home on the island of Paros (Greece) on 20.03.20. The father (“F”) first made an application to the Greek court for N’s return under the Hague Convention 1980 (“the Convention”). On 09.04.20 he then made an emergency application, without notice to M, to the High Court out of hours/vacation judge seeking a range of orders under section 8 of the Children Act 1989 including an immediate inward return order (where the court orders the child to be returned from another place to England and Wales). The application came before the court for directions on 28.04.20.