Separation can be difficult, arguably more so when children are
involved. You may want to break the ties completely but the Courts
will quite often find that it's in the best interests of your
children to spend time with both of you. What happens though when
one parent takes matters into their own hands and removes the
children from your life completely?
The Australian Federal Police recently went public about the
abduction of Laura and Harrison Veasey by their mother. The trio
has been missing since 1 March 2013 when they moved, leaving no
forwarding address and cutting off all forms of contact.
The children's parents had previously been involved in
Family Law proceedings and had come to an agreement by consent that
provided for their father, Mr Veasey, to spend regular time with
Laura and Harrison. However, Mr Veasey has not seen his children in
over a year, in contravention of those Orders.
On 18 September 2013, the Family Court of Australia ordered that
the children live with Mr Veasey and issued a Recovery Order to the
Australian Federal Police and State and Territory Police Forces
permitting them to do what was necessary to make sure the children
were returned to their father.
Designed to secure the return of a child who has been relocated
from, or within, Australia without the other parent's knowledge
or consent, Recovery Orders provide a mechanism for the child to be
returned, with the assistance of the Australian Federal Police in
In this case, the Australian Federal Police adopted a more
assertive role in the recovery of Laura and Harrison who had been
abducted and relocated by one parent, without the consent of the
The Family Court of Australia also issued a Publication Order
allowing the release of photographs and details of Laura and
Harrison, and their mother. Laura and Harrison are yet to be
located and it's hoped that this Order will assist in locating
If you're in a situation where Orders aren't being
complied with, or you don't know where your child or children
have moved to (in Contravention of existing Orders), you should
urgently obtain the assistance of an Accredited Specialist in
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