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, it is not a case of 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 custody, consent from both parents is required for the child to travel to or take 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 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.
Please find links to the relevant authorities in the link box at this page.