International child abduction
International child abduction. Under the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of (Hague Convention) is a multilateral treaty, which seeks to protect children under the age of sixteen from the harmful effects of wrongful removal and retention across international boundaries by providing a procedure to bring about their prompt return and ensuring the protection of rights of access. It came into existence to give litigants a reliable and efficient means of serving the documents on parties living, operating or based in another country. The provisions of the convention apply to service of process in civil and commercial matters but not criminal matters.