The child has been brought to Denmark
If you or the other parent have brought your child to Denmark without the other parent’s consent, it may be a case of international child abduction.
You have brought your child to Denmark
The rules that determine whether it is lawful to go to Denmark with the child are those of the country where the child normally lives, not the Danish rules. This also applies even if it is only for a holiday.
If you have wrongfully brought your child to Denmark, it is a case of international child abduction. In general, the child has to be returned to the country where it normally lives.
The other parent has brought your child to Denmark
If your child has been abducted to Denmark or is being retained in Denmark following access, and your child normally lives abroad, you will usually be able to get help having the child returned.
You can apply to have your child returned under the Hague Convention or the European Convention if Denmark cooperates with the country in question under the conventions.
If the child has been abducted from a country with which Denmark does not cooperate under any convention, you must contact the authorities of that country.
Cooperation under the conventions
All convention states have a central authority which receives and transmits applications from parents who want their children returned.
You may apply to the Central Authority of the country where the child normally lives (the country of habitual residence) to have your child returned from Denmark. The Central Authority of that country will then send a request for return to the Ministry for Children and Social Affairs. You can also send the application directly to us, but it will often be better if the application is sent by the Central Authority of the country where the child normally lives. The Central Authority will then assess at the same time whether it is a case of child abduction under the rules of that country. Ultimately, this will speed up proceedings.
When the Ministry receives the request, we will send it to the local bailiff’s court of the place in Denmark where the child is staying. If we do not know where in Denmark the child is staying, we will ask the police for assistance to locate the child.
The bailiff’s court will assess whether it is a case of child abduction. The ministry is only responsible for the contact between the bailiff’s court in Denmark and the Central Authority of the other convention state.
If the bailiff’s court assesses that it is a case of child abduction, the child must normally be returned to the country from which the child was abducted. There may, however, be reasons for deviating from this rule.
Read more about the rules in the field of child abduction