The Faroe Islands

The international rules mentioned on this website do not apply to the Faroe Islands.

The Faroe Islands have assumed jurisdiction over family law with effect from 29 July 2018

Child abduction between Denmark, Greenland and the Faroe Islands

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

If there is a decision on access, custody or the child’s residence, you must contact the bailiff’s court to have the decision enforced and the child returned.

Travelling from Denmark to the Faroe Islands

If you have sole custody

If you have sole custody of your child, you may bring your child from Denmark to the Faroe Islands 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 the Faroe Islands. 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 the Faroe Islands under the Danish Act on Parental Responsibility.

If you do not have custody

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

Travelling from the Faroe Islands to Denmark or abroad

If your child is about to be abducted or is already abducted from the Faroe Islands to Denmark or abroad, you must contact the authorities in the Faroe Islands.

You can see the authorities that you can contact to the right.