Re F (A Minor) (Child Abduction): CA 1992

The family had moved to Australia from England. Within weeks the father moved out of the house at the mother’s suggestion. The father took the child to England on 10 July. Johnson J had held at first instance that by 21 May the family were habitually resident in Australia. That finding was challenged on appeal.
Held: The appeal was dismissed.
Butler-Sloss LJ said: The judge was entitled to make the finding that the family did intend to emigrate from the UK and settle in Australia. With that settled intention, a month can be, as I believe it to be in this case, an appreciable period of time. Looking realistically at the position of A (the child), by the time he left Sydney on the 10 July 1991, he had been a resident in Australia for the substantial period of nearly 3 months.’


Butler-Sloss LJ


(1992) 1 FLR 548


Child Abduction and Custody Act 1985


England and Wales

Cited by:

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CitedRe B (A Child) SC 3-Feb-2016
Habitual Residence of Child not lost
(Orse In re B (A Child) (Reunite International Child Abduction Centre intervening)) The Court considered the notion of habitual residence. The British girl with same sex parents had been taken to Pakistan, and her mother here sought her return. The . .
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Updated: 15 May 2022; Ref: scu.268696