Bookman Law Professional Corp. — Hague Convention Advice — Trusted Family Lawyers

If you are faced with an international child custody matter we strongly encourage you to promptly contact a qualified attorneyIt is very important that you speak to an attorney to preserve and advocate for your legal rights.

When it comes to child abduction, we are leaders in this highly specialized field with an outstanding record of success. If this is your issue, please call us now.

Bookman Law is built upon the fundamental values of compassion and respect. We work hard to assist you in any way possible as you overcome an often overwhelming and devastating situation.

At Bookman Law we treat every unique case with the same meticulous diligence and care.

International Child Custody and Hague Convention Expertise

Bookman Law is recognized as a leading family law firm globally for all issues pertaining to the Hague Convention and international child custody and abduction.

Bookman Law has the knowledge and experience to deal with child abduction issues whether from Canada or to Canada. There is nothing more devastating than having your children wrongfully taken from you or not returned to you after what you thought was a short vacation with their other parent. The broad range of experience of our lawyers in this area positions us to provide our clients with highly competent, goal oriented representation.

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What is the Hague Convention?

By definition, the Hague Convention protects children and their families against the risks of illegal, irregular, premature or ill-prepared adoptions abroad.

Issues commonly associated with the Hague Convention are:

  • – Child Custody or Access
  • – Child Abduction
  • – International Child Custody

A message from Steven Bookman

“Like our firm, the Hague Convention protects the best interests of the child in all intercountry legal matters.

It is important to be know that even if a parent is found to have wrongfully removed or detained a child, in certain cases there may still be a compelling legal defense that could end in a judicially positive outcome for the parent who removed the child. Cases concerning child abduction, the Hague Convention and international child custody are very serious and require experienced legal counsel.

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International Child Custody and The Hague Convention: Frequently Asked Questions Answered By Top Lawyers

The Hague Convention

What is the purpose of the Hague Convention?

The Convention was drafted to ensure the prompt return of children who have been abducted from their country of habitual residence or wrongfully retained in a contracting state not their country of habitual residence.

Why was the Hague Convention created?

The primary intention of the Convention is to preserve whatever status quo child custody arrangement existed immediately before an alleged wrongful removal or retention thereby deterring a parent from crossing international boundaries in search of a more sympathetic court.

Who does the Hague Convention apply to?

The Convention applies to children under the age of 16.

How many states are party to the Hague Convention?

As of September 2017, 98 states are party to the convention, including Canada

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Steven Bookman
Steven is the founding lawyer at Bookman Law. His experience and determination permit him to achieve the best possible outcome for his clients. He is a respected advocate and strong negotiator. Steven writes and publishes in the areas of family and estate law, mentors young lawyers and instructs students in these specialized fields. [email protected]

Steven M. Bookman

Founding Lawyer
Gillian Bookman
Gillian is an accomplished advocate who focuses on the legal and the emotional needs of her clients. Her diverse background in law, business and social work allows her to effectively focus on the needs of her clients. She combines her legal knowledge, her compassion for her clients and her legal skills to provide the best possible results. [email protected]

Gillian H. Bookman

Barrister and Solicitor
Chris Stankiewicz
Chris Stankiewicz focuses on family law and estates litigation. He is committed to achieving the best possible outcome for clients, whether it is through the court process, negotiation or mediation. Chris has extensive experience in representing clients through all stages of the litigation process, including examinations, conferences, motions trials and appeals. [email protected]

Chris Stankiewicz

Barrister and Solicitor
Maia Rabinovitch
Maia joined Bookman Law as an associate lawyer after articling with the firm. She is an accomplished and compassionate advocate for her clients and seeks to minimize the disruption and trauma that often accompanies difficult litigation. She is diligent and tenacious in her work and focuses on practical legal advice with a view to achieving the best possible result. [email protected]

Maia Rabinovitch

Barrister and Solicitor