DISCLAIMER: The information in this flyer is provided for general information only, is not intended to be legal advice, and may change
without notice. Questions involving interpretation of law should be addressed to an attorney licensed to practice in the relevant
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Dominica is not a signatory to the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction (Hague Abduction Convention), nor are there any bilateral agreements in force between Dominica and the United States concerning international parental child abduction.
Legal systems and laws pertaining to custody, divorce, and parental abduction vary widely from country to country. Parental
abduction is a crime in Dominica. The Government of Dominica does not maintain a website specifically regarding custody,
family law and visitation. Parents are encouraged to consult with an attorney who specializes in family law in Dominica and
who can provide legal guidance that is specific to their circumstances.
The Department of State's Bureau of Consular Affairs, Directorate for Overseas Citizens Services, Office of Children's Issues provides assistance in cases of international parental child abduction. For U.S. citizen parents whose children have been wrongfully removed to or retained in countries that are not U.S. partners under the Hague Abduction Convention, the Office of Children's Issues can provide information and resources about country-specific options for pursuing the return of or access to an abducted child. The Office of Children's Issues may also coordinate with appropriate foreign and U.S. government authorities about the welfare of abducted U.S. citizen children. Parents are strongly encouraged to contact the Department of State for assistance.
United States Department of State
Bureau of Consular Affairs
Office of Children's Issues
SA-17, Floor 9
Washington, DC 20522-1709
Outside the United States or Canada: 1-202-501-4444
Legal systems and laws pertaining to custody, divorce, and parental abduction vary widely from country to country. Parents
are encouraged to consult with an attorney who specializes in family law in Dominica and who can provide legal guidance that
is specific to their circumstances.
The Office of Children's Issues may be able to assist parents seeking access to children who have been wrongfully removed from or retained outside the United States. Parents who are seeking access to children who were not wrongfully removed from or retained outside the United States should contact the U.S. Embassy in Bridgetown, Barbados for information and possible assistance.
Neither the Office of Children's Issues nor consular officials at the U.S. Embassy of Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean in Bridgetown are authorized to provide legal advice.
The U.S. Embassy of Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean in Bridgetown posts a list of attorneys who have identified themselves as willing to represent U.S. citizens.
This list is provided as a courtesy service only and does not constitute an endorsement of any individual attorney. The Department of State assumes no responsibility or liability for the professional ability or reputation of, or the quality of services provided by, the following persons or firms. Professional credentials and areas of expertise are provided directly by the lawyers..
In Dominica, informal mediation regarding family and child welfare is offered by the Social Welfare Division of the Ministry of Social Services, Community Development and Gender Affairs.
The U.S. Embassy of Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean be contacted at:
P.O. Box 302
Bridgetown BB 11000
Barbados, W. I.
Telephone: +011 (246) 227-4000
Fax: +011 (246) 431-0179
Website: U.S. Embassy of Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean
The Embassy of Dominica is located in Wa shington, D.C. and may be contacted at:
Embassy of Dominica
3216 New Mexico Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20016
Telephone: (202) 364-6781
Fax: (202) 364-6791