International Parental Child Abduction

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Monaco

Monaco
Monaco
Hague Convention Participation
Party to the Hague Abduction Convention?
Yes
U.S. Treaty Partner under the Hague Abduction Convention?
Yes
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. Consular Agent - Nice

7, Avenue Gustave V
3rd floor
06000 Nice

For emergency assistance while in Monaco, U.S. citizens should contact the U.S. Consular Agent in Nice, France. For routine services that require a personal appearance, contact the U.S. Consulate General in Marseille.

Telephone: +(33)(493) 88-89-55

Emergency After-Hours Telephone: 01-43-12-22-22 and then dial 0 (zero) when you hear the automated greeting. You will be connected to our live telephone attendants immediately. Ask to speak with the Embassy Duty Officer who will assist you.

Fax: +(33)(493) 87-07-38

The Consular Agent in Nice can also provide some emergency services for U.S. citizens traveling in Monaco.

Consulates

U.S. Consulate General Marseille
Place Varian Fry
13006 Marseille
France

Telephone: +(33)(491) 54-92-00 or +(33)(491) 54-90-84

Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(33)(1) 43-12-22-22) / 01-43-12-22-22 (within Monaco) then dial 0 (zero) to be connected to a live attendant immediately. Ask to speak with the Embassy Duty Officer.

Fax: +(33)(491) 55-56-95

General Information

Monaco and the United States have been treaty partners under the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction (Hague Abduction Convention) since June 1, 1993.

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

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

Monaco and the United States have been treaty partners under the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction (Hague Abduction Convention) since June 1, 1993.

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

Hague Abduction Convention

The U.S. Department of State serves as the U.S. Central Authority (USCA) for the Hague Abduction Convention.  In this capacity, the Department's Bureau of Consular Affairs, Directorate for Overseas Citizens Services, Office of Children's Issues, facilitates the submission of applications under the Hague Abduction Convention for the return of, or access to, children located in countries that are U.S. treaty partners, including Monaco.  Parents are strongly encouraged to contact the Department of State for assistance prior to initiating the Hague process directly with the foreign Central Authority.

Contact information:

U.S. Department of State
CA/OCS/CI
SA-17, 9th Floor
2201 C Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20522-1709
Telephone:  1-888-407-4747
Outside the United States or Canada: 1-202-501-4444
Website:  travel.state.gov
Email: AskCI@state.gov

The Monegasque Central Authority (MCA) for the Hague Abduction Convention is the Direction des Services Judiciaires.  The Direction des Services Judiciaires forwards completed Hague applications to the public prosecutor assigned to the civil court of general jurisdiction where the defendant resides.  The MCA can be reached at:

Direction des Services Judiciaires
Palais de Justice
5 rue Colonel Bellando de Castro
MC 98000 Monaco
Telephone: +377 9898 8163
Fax: +377 9898 8589
E-mail : bnardi@justice.mc/ asampo@justice.mc

To initiate a Hague case for return of, or access to, a child in Monaco, a parent or legal guardian is encouraged to review the eligibility criteria and instructions for completing the Hague application form located at the Department of State website and contact the Department of State for assistance prior to initiating the Hague process directly with the foreign Central Authority.  It is extremely important that each document written in English be translated into French.  Please note, however, that certified translations are not necessary.  Any competent person or organization may translate the documents.  The USCA is available to answer questions about the Hague application process, to forward a completed application to the MCA, and to subsequently monitor its progress through the foreign administrative and legal processes.

There are no fees for filing Hague applications with either the U.S. or the Monegasque central authorities.  Attorney fees, if necessary, are the responsibility of the applicant parent.  Additional costs may include airplane tickets for court appearances and for the return of the child, if so ordered. 

Return

A parent or legal guardian may file an application under the Hague Abduction Convention for return to the United States of a child abducted to, or wrongfully retained in, Monaco.  The U.S. Department of State can assist parents living in the United States to understand whether the Convention is an available civil remedy and can provide information on the process for submitting a Hague application.

Visitation/Access

A parent or legal guardian may file an application under the Hague Abduction Convention for access to a child living in Monaco.  The criteria for acceptance of a Hague access application vary from country to country.  The U.S. Department of State can assist parents living in the United States to understand country-specific criteria and provide information on the process for submitting a Hague application.

Retaining an Attorney

In a Hague Abduction Convention case, the MCA will assign a public prosecutor to present the case to the court, and it is not mandatory for a petitioner to retain a private attorney. The public prosecutor, however, does not represent the left-behind parent who submitted the Hague Abduction Convention application. Instead, the prosecutor represents Monaco and submits the request for return on behalf of the MCA.  The parent or legal guardian who has submitted the application may hire a private attorney in Monaco to join the prosecutor in presenting the Hague Abduction Convention case. A privately hired attorney should contact the MCA as soon as possible after the Hague Abduction Convention application has been filed with the MCA.

The U.S. Consulate General in Marseille, France, posts a list of attorneys including those who specialize in family law. 

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.

Mediation

The Office of Children's Issues is not aware of any government or private organizations in Monaco that offer mediation services in abduction cases.

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: September 1, 2013

Assistance for U.S. Citizens

U.S. Consular Agent - Nice
7, Avenue Gustave V
3rd floor
06000 Nice
Telephone
+(33)(493) 88-89-55
Emergency
01-43-12-22-22 and then dial 0.
Fax
+(33)(493) 87-07-38
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