“Child abduction”, sounds dramatic doesn’t it, conjuring up images of fleeing across hostile borders in the dead of night, smuggling children hidden under blankets in the boot of a car.

Everyone has heard of someone who is divorcing and has had difficulties with their expartner over contact with the children and we have all read articles in the press about children “being abducted” by one parent who refuses to return them to the other parent at the end of a holiday. It tends to be the case that only the sensational child abduction stories are reported in the press giving everyone the impression that this is something which only happens “somewhere else to someone else” and never to us. The reality is very different.