After 3 years’ separation, £200,000 in legal fees, and a victory in Zambia’s highest court, UK left-behind dad, Ken Spooner, is no closer to being reunited with his internationally parentally kidnapped sons.  Like most sovereign states, Zambia has not yet ratified the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction, the international treaty designed to bring abducted children home and facilitate kids’ access to both parents.  Spooner’s case is emblematic of an inadequate international legal response to the growing problem of cross-border child abduction and relocation.  The average left-behind parent simply cannot afford the exorbitant costs of waging a cross-border child-custody battle in a foreign jurisdiction.  But, it’s the children who often pay the highest price.  READ MORE: Justice for Ken: The true level of abduction pain in Britain, Citizen (December 12, 2011).

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