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Legal systems and laws pertaining to custody, divorce, and parental abduction vary widely from country to country. The government of Pakistan maintains information about custody, visitation, and family law on the Internet at http://www.punjablaws.gov.pk/laws/177.html
Parents are encouraged to consult with an attorney who specializes in family law in Pakistan and who can provide accurate 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
2201 C Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20520
Outside the United States or Canada: 1-202-501-4444
Parental abduction is a crime in Pakistan within limited parameters. For information about Pakistani laws regarding parental abduction, please consult an attorney in Pakistan.
Parents may wish to consult with an attorney in the United States and in the country to which the child has been removed or
retained to learn more about how filing criminal charges may impact a custody case in the foreign court. Please see Possible Solutions - Pressing Criminal Charges for more information.
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 Pakistan and who can provide accurate 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 appropriate U.S. Embassy or Consulate in Pakistan for information
and possible assistance
Neither the Office of Children’s Issues nor consular officials at the U.S. Embassy or Consulates in Pakistan are authorized to provide legal advice.
The U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, and the U.S. Consulates in Karachi and Lahore, Pakistan, each post a list of attorneys, including those who specialize in family law at:
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 persons or firms included in this list. Professional credentials and areas of expertise are provided directly
by the lawyers.
Mediation may be available for abduction cases. Pakistan shares the chairmanship of the Working Party on Mediation in the context of the Malta Process, which is part of the Hague Conference on Private International Law. If you are interested in learning more about mediation options, the central point of contact for international family mediation in Pakistan may be reached at:
Office of International Cooperation of International Family Law
Room No 313 “S” Block
M/o Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs,
The U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Pakistan can be contacted at:
U.S. Consulate Karachi, Pakistan
3-5 New TPX Area
Mai Kolachi Road
Karachi, Sindh 74200
Telephone: (92-21) 3527-5000
Fax: (092-21) 3527-5885
U.S. Consulate Peshawar, Pakistan
11, General Bakht Khan Road
Telephone: (92-91) 526 8800
Fax: (92-91) 527 6712
The Embassy of Pakistan to the United States is located in Washington, D.C., at: