Legal aid is a financial support scheme. You may be eligible for legal aid if you are the parent of a child or children abducted abroad from Denmark or being wrongfully retained abroad.
Legal aid may cover some of the most significant expenses that you may incur in connection with a case on the return of your abducted child.
The Ministry of Social Affairs and Integration determines whether you are eligible for legal aid and what amount you may receive.
The rules are laid down in Part 6a of the Danish Act on Child Abduction. You can apply for legal aid for all cases of abduction from Denmark whether or not Denmark cooperates under the conventions with the country to which your child has been abducted.
To be eligible for legal aid, you must normally meet the following conditions:
- It must be a case of abduction or wrongful retention.
- Your child must be under the age of 16.
- Your child must have had its residence in Denmark before the abduction.
- The expenses involved must cover legal acts necessary to have your child back.
- The expenses may not be covered by schemes of legal aid or free legal representation in the country to which the child has been abducted, or by legal expenses insurance.
The legal aid is independent of your income.