The Hague Convention and International Custody

Hague Convention of 25 October 1980 on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction is an international treaty between 93 countries with the intention of seeking to stop the malicious taking or withholding of minor children across country lines and borders.


The US is a treaty partner with most, but not all 93 signatories to the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction.  For a list of US treat partners, please see


For additional information on the treaty, please see


The Law Offices of Nicole Ford has exeprience both defending the order to return a child to his or her country of habitual residence as well as requesting an order of return.  Nicole Ford is familiar with the fast paced nature of these kinds of cases and her Spanish language skills make her particularly adept at dealing with such international cases in California.


Even when a country is not a Hague signatory nor a treaty partner with the US, special rules are applied when dealing with foreign orders.  The Law Offices of Nicole Ford has experience with the many countries' foreign orders and their application and enforcement in California.  If you have international issues involving child custody and visitation, let the Law Offices of Nicole Ford be your guide and expert representation.