Reunite International is a leading UK charity specialising in international parental child abduction and the movement of children across international borders.
They operate a telephone advice line in the UK offering practical, impartial advice, information and support to parents, family members and guardians who are involved in cases of international parental child abduction – including those who have had their child abducted, or who may have abducted their child, and also including parents who fear their child may be at risk of abduction.
Reunite also offer parents a mediation service specialising in cross-border disputes. Their mediation practice has shown that parents can step outside of the court process to resolve their issues and come to amicable agreements that best meet the needs of their family.
Reunite are committed to raising the profile of international parental child abduction on the international stage and helping to improve practices for the future. They work closely with government departments, including the Ministry of Justice and the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office here in the UK, and have working relationships with lawyers, academics, police services, and other statutory and voluntary organisations across the world.
Many parents or family members who are faced with an international child abduction scenario might find and contact Reunite International as their first port of call. If those individuals require legal advice or representation, they will be signposted to Reunite’s Lawyers Listing.
The issues surrounding the breakdown of a relationship with an international element are complex, and inaccurate or late provision of legal advice frequently allows unlawful abduction to take place. With these problems in mind, Reunite has established a network of specialist family lawyers with a particular interest in the field of international parental child abduction and the movement of children across international borders.
We are pleased to be able to offer the necessary specialism and expertise to be included in this listing, and we look forward to working with families who need our help.
Lucy Roberts is a solicitor on our Children Law Team working mainly on private law children matters. She qualified as a solicitor in 2012 and relocated to the Southwest in 2014. Lucy’s particular speciality is working in International Child Abduction cases, which is mainly practiced by lawyers in London and heard by the High Court. Lucy is one of just a handful of solicitors in the Southwest who is accredited to conduct this work.