Jamaica is closer to implementing legislation for children abducted by a parent from their local homes to be returned forthwith.

Debate on the legislation known as the Children Guardianship and Custody Amendment Act 2016 started today in the Senate.

Foreign Affairs Minister, Kamina Johnson Smith, in tabling the Bill says it will bring Jamaica inline with the 1980 Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction.

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The convention is utilized when a child is removed from Jamaica where he or she’s an habitual resident, and taken to another country that is a signatory to it.

Minister Johnson-Smith says the amendment will reduce the emotional drain inflicted on parents due to drawn out and costly international arbitration.

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