6 Apr 2020

Court of Appeal rules in favour of fleeing mum in child abduction case

From Morning Report, 8:47 am on 6 April 2020

Mothers who flee domestic violence in other countries, bringing their children with them, are set to have greater rights in international child abduction cases.

That's after the Court of Appeal ruled in a mother's favour on Friday, saying she doesn't have to send her child back to Australia and the man she says caused her serious harm.

While the reasons for the decision haven't been given yet, it will mark a significant change to how the Hague Convention for child abduction is ruled on in New Zealand.

RNZ reporter Ben Strang has been reporting on this particular case for the past 18 months, and speaks to Susie Ferguson..