In the records of application no. 774/2005 of the 17 August 2005 submitted by the Director for Standards of Social Welfare

INCADAT legal file Hague parental abduction

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The application related to two siblings, a boy born in 2000 and a girl born in 2003. The parents had married in Malta in 1999. The father was born in Melbourne but had dual Maltese and Australian citizenship. The mother was born in Malta.
The family lived in Malta until 2002 and then decided to move to Australia. The family returned to Malta in 2005; they had retained possession of a property there. It was alleged that at this time discussions were underway over separation proceedings.
Subsequently, the father decided to go back to Australia. The mother remained in Malta with the children. The father then alleged that the children were being wrongfully retained in Malta and he petitioned for their return to Australia.