Let’s Talk – Parent fleeing Singapore with their children: Is this ‘abduction’ under the Hague Convention?
Jo wants to take her child out of Singapore without the permission of her spouse. She is unsure if she can move to another country, and is worried if this would be seen as “abducting” or “kidnapping” her own child.
Imagine these scenarios where Jo is:
A. a victim of domestic violence and fears for the safety of herself and her child
B. a foreign spouse who wants to return to home country with her child
C. separating from the spouse (with or without divorce) and wants to move to another country together with her child
D. an unmarried mother of a child born to a Singaporean and wants to leave the country with her child
Can she leave together with her child in any of these scenarios? Can the left-behind parent ask for the child to be returned under the Hague Convention?
If these situations apply to you or someone you know, or if you are a working professional or volunteer supporting this group of individuals, come find out more about the Hague Convention and what you can do.
Date: 26 July 2017
Venue: AWARE Centre, 5 Dover Crescent #01-22, S130005
Light refreshments will be served.
Childcare can be arranged – please email email@example.com with number of children and their ages, by 24 July 2017.
Joining us to speak at this session are two lawyers, June Lim and Susan Tay, who will share more about their knowledge on the Hague Convention as well as an initiative – Project Relocation. Project Relocation is a PracticeForte project in collaboration with their respective law firms to provide accessible legal help to spouses trying to relocate with their children.
About the speakers:
June Lim is the Managing Director of Eden Law Corporation, a ‘low-bono’ law firm founded on June’s firm belief that doing good and a successful legal practice are not mutually exclusive concepts. Professionally, June has been involved in litigation at all levels of the Singapore Courts, although her principal area of practice has been in the area of matrimonial law. June represented the successful German father in BDU v. BDT  SGCA 12, the first case decided in Singapore under the International Child Abduction Act.
Susan Tay is the Managing Partner at OTP Law Corporation. With an experience spanning 27 years, Susan has kept focused in the areas of family and matrimonial law, shareholders’ disputes and litigation. Calling on the amalgamation of her experience in both family and property law, Susan has also served clients in complex work in the area of Trust Law. In this aspect, Susan collaborates with other professional affiliates in the PracticeForte Advisory to provide counsel in the formation of family trusts. Susan has also assisted and led contentious litigation matters in the disentangling of family feuds for trust properties.