Mother of Abducted Irish Child Prepares for Custody Battle in Non-Hague Convention Algeria

Ten weeks. That’s how long it’s been since an Irish woman has seen or spoken to her seven year old daughter.

The daughter is reported to be with her father in Algeria, his homeland.

The father allegedly decided to remain in Algeria after taking his daughter for what was supposed to be a visit with extended family members.

Algeria is not a party to the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction.

The missing child has since been made a ward of the courts in Ireland, the child’ s home or habitual residence – but the mother fears she may nonetheless have to litigate custody in Algeria, where mothers reportedly don’t have many custodial rights.

Read more in this BBC news article.