International parental abduction of children from Australia will now attract a penalty of three years of imprisonment following recent amendments to the Australian Family Law Act.
In September 2018, the 6th meeting of the Working Group on the draft Guide to Good Practice on Article 13(1)(b) of the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction was held at the offices of the Permanent Bureau in the Hague, lead by the Honourable Diana Bryant AO QC, the former Chief Justice of the Family Court of Australia.
At the World Congress on Family Law and Children’s Rights in Dublin in 2017, Amanda Humphreys from MST Lawyers’ Family Law team and Dr Phil Stahl, pre-eminent USA psychologist, presented their paper, “What about me?” Making room for the voice of the child in Hague Convention child abduction proceedings.
In September 2018, MST Lawyers’ special counsel, Amanda Humphreys, attended the European Chapter meeting of the International Academy of Family Lawyers (IAFL). Amanda was a panellist where she spoke about the international enforcement of marital agreements.