Greenland

The international rules mentioned on this website took effect in Greenland as at 1 July 2016. This means that the same rules apply to the child abduction area in Greenland and Denmark.

Child abduction between Denmark, Greenland and the Faroe Islands

If a child is abducted from Greenland to Denmark, from Greenland to the Faroe Islands or vice versa, that is not an international child abduction.

If there is a decision about access, custody or the child's residence, you must contact the district court at the location where the child stays to have the decision enforced and the child returned.

Travelling from Denmark to Greenland

If you have sole custody

If you have sole custody of your child, you may bring your child from Denmark to Greenland without the other parent's consent. This also applies if a case about custody of the child is pending.

 

If there is joint custody

If you have joint custody, and you disagree about the custody, you must both consent that the child travels to or takes up its residence in Greenland. However, the following exceptions apply:

  • The State Administration has made a decision about travel or stay during a custody case under the Danish Act on Parental Responsibility.
  • The court has issued a judgment on residence in Greenland under the Danish Act on Parental Responsibility.

 

If you do not have custody

If you do not have custody, you are not allowed to bring your child from Denmark to Greenland without the other parent's consent. However, this does not apply to the extent otherwise stipulated in a contact decision or agreement.

Travelling from Greenland to Denmark

If you have sole custody

If you have sole custody of your child, you may bring your child from Greenland to Denmark without the other parent's consent. This also applies if a case about custody of the child is pending.

 

If there is joint custody

If you have joint custody, and you disagree about the custody, you must both consent that the child travels to or reside in Denmark. However, the following exceptions apply:

  • The court has made a ruling on travel or stay during a custody case according to the order on the entering into force of the Danish Act on Parental Responsibility in Greenland.

  • The court has made a judgment on residence in Denmark according to the entering into force of the Danish Act on Parental Responsibility in Greenland.

 

If you do not have custody

If you do not have custody, you are not allowed to bring your child from Greenland to Denmark without the other parent's consent. However, this does not apply to the extent otherwise stipulated in a contact decision or agreement.

 

Travelling abroad from Greenland – International child abductions

Acute risk:

If your child is being abducted from Greenland to another country, you must contact the police where you live.

 

Read more about what the Child Abduction Unit can do, here.

When is there an acute risk? Read more here.

What to do in case of an international child abduction?

If your child has been abducted to or retained in a convention state, you can apply to have your child returned under the Hague Abduction Convention, the European Convention, or the Hague Convention on the Protection of Children.

All convention states have a central authority, which receives and transmits applications from parents who want their children returned. The Ministry for Children and Social Affairs has been appointed the central authority for Greenland.

See the states with which Denmark cooperates at the moment.

If your child has been abducted to or retained in a country that has not acceded to either of the conventions, you can contact the Child Abduction Unit, which cooperates with the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and can help you initiate the case.

Read more about the situation in which the child has been taken abroad, here.

Read more about the Child Abduction Unit here.

Read more about the Ministry of Foreign Affairs here.