Not returned from access

If your child has not been returned after access in Denmark and you do not fear that the child is about to go abroad, it is not a case of international child abduction.

The Ministry for Children and Social Affairs cannot help you in this situation.

If you have other problems or disagreement about access with the child, you can contact the State Administration, the bailiff's courts or a lawyer.

If all the following points apply to your situation, the bailiff’s court may help you bring your child back from access:

  • There is an enforceable agreement or decision on rights of access. (This will appear from the agreement or decision.)
  • Both parents are in Denmark.
  • The other parent has not returned the child after access.

The bailiff’s court cannot help you if the agreement or decision on rights of access is not enforceable. See the addresses and telephone numbers of the bailiff’s courts (district courts) in Denmark here.

Whether or not you have an enforceable decision or agreement, you might consider applying to the State Administration for sole custody or for a modification of the rights of access.