International Parental Child Abduction

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Aruba

Aruba
Aruba
Exercise normal precautions in Aruba.

Exercise normal precautions in Aruba.

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Hague Convention Participation
Party to the Hague Abduction Convention?
No
U.S. Treaty Partner under the Hague Abduction Convention?
No
What You Can Do
Learn how to respond to abductions FROM the US
Learn how to respond to abductions TO the US
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Embassies and Consulates

U.S. Consulate General Curacao

J.B. Gorsiraweg 1,
Willemstad, Curaçao
Telephone:
+(599) (9) 461-3066
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(599) (9) 510-6870
Fax: +(599) (9) 461-6489

General Information

For information concerning travel to Aruba, including information about the location of the U.S. Consulate General, the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program, entry/exit requirements, safety and security, crime, medical facilities and health information, traffic safety, road conditions and aviation safety, please see country-specific information for Aruba. 

The U.S. Department of State reports statistics and compliance information for individual countries in the Annual Report on International Parental Child Abduction (IPCA).  The report is located here.

Hague Abduction Convention

Aruba 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 Aruba and the United States concerning international parental child abduction.

Return

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 Aruba 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.

Contact information:

United States Department of State
Bureau of Consular Affairs
Office of Children's Issues
SA-17, 9th Floor
Washington, DC 20522-1709

Telephone:  1-888-407-4747
Outside the United States or Canada: 1-202-501-4444
Website:  childabduction.state.gov
Email: AbductionQuestions@state.gov 

Child abduction is a criminal offense under the laws of Aruba. A petition for prosecution can be filed with the Public Prosecutor (Openbaar Ministerie) in Aruba. The Government of Aruba does not maintain a website specifically regarding custody, family law and visitation. Parents are encouraged to consult with an attorney in Aruba and who can provide legal guidance that is specific to their circumstances. 

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 Pressing Criminal Charges for more information.  

Visitation/Access

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 in Aruba 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. Consulate General in Curaçao for information.

Retaining an Attorney

The Department of Social Affairs offers reduced/free legal assistance. The person requiring a reduced fee or free legal assistance must contact the Department of Social Affairs first in order to obtain a BRK-Form. With this form, the person can obtain documents regarding his income with the Civil Status and Census Bureau and the Tax Department in Aruba. After these documents have been returned, the Department of Social Affairs will decide whether to grant reduced-fee or free legal assistance.

The contact details of the Department of Social Affairs are as follows:

Directie Sociale Zaken
Lagoenweg 9-A
Oranjestad, Aruba
Telephone: (+297) 582-1100
Telefax: (+297) 583-5171/ (+297) 583-0847
E-mail: dsz@setarnet.aw

The U.S. Consulate General in Curaçao posts a list of attorneys here

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 th

Mediation

You may contact the Voogdijraad Aruba for mediation in custody disputes:

Directie Voogdijraad
Avenida Milio
J. Croes 112
Oranjestad, Aruba
Tel: (+297) 582-1262
Fax: (+297) 583-7097
E-mail: Directie.Voogdijraad@aruba.gov.aw

The costs for official duties performed by the Voogdijraad Aruba are covered by the Government of Aruba.

Exercising Custody Rights

While travelling in a foreign country, you are subject to the laws of that country. It is important for parents to understand that, although a left-behind parent in the United States may have custody or visitation rights pursuant to a U.S. custody order, that order may not be valid and enforceable in the country in which the child is located.  For this reason, we strongly encourage you to speak to a local attorney if planning to remove a child from a foreign country without the consent of the other parent.  Attempts to remove your child to the United States may:

  • Endanger your child and others;
  • Prejudice any future judicial efforts; and
  • Could result in your arrest and imprisonment.

The U.S. government cannot interfere with another country’s court or law enforcement system.

To understand the legal effect of a U.S. order in a foreign country, a parent should consult with a local attorney in the country in which the child is located.  

For information about hiring an attorney abroad, see our section on Retaining a Foreign Attorney. 

Although we cannot recommend an attorney to you, most U.S. Embassies have lists of attorneys available online. Please visit the local U.S. Embassy or Consulate website for a full listing.

For more information on consular assistance for U.S. citizens arrested abroad, please see our website.

Country officers are available to speak with you Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  For assistance with an abduction in progress or any emergency situation that occurs after normal business hours, on weekends, or federal holidays, please call toll free at 1-888-407-4747. See all contact information.

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 in the relevant jurisdiction. 

 

Last Updated: August 20, 2016

Assistance for U.S. Citizens

U.S. Consulate General Curacao
J.B. Gorsiraweg 1,
Willemstad, Curaçao
Telephone
+(599) (9) 461-3066
Emergency
+(599) (9) 510-6870
Fax
+(599) (9) 461-6489
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