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St. Kitts and Nevis: Family Law

The Federation of Saint Kitts & Nevis, formerly known as Saint Christopher Island, has aceeded to the Hague Convention. 

The following is the legislation set forth by the local government:

Child Abduction Convention (International Civil Aspects) Act 2012: Saint Christopher and Nevis

                                                                   

                                           CUTHBERT M. SEBASTIAN

                                                  Governor-General

SAINT CHRISTOPHER AND NEVIS

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­            AN ACT to give effect to the Convention on the Civil Aspects Of International Child Abduction and for related matters.

            BE IT ENACTED by the Queen's Most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the National Assembly of Saint Christopher and Nevis and by the authority of the same as follows:

1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the Child Abduction Convention (International Civil Aspects) Act, 2012.

2. Interpretation.

In this Act,

"Convention" means the Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction concluded on 25th October 1980 and acceded to by Saint Christopher and Nevis on 1st August 1994;

"Minister" means the Minister to whom responsibility for the implementation of the Convention is assigned.

3. Convention to have force of law.

(1) The Convention, set out in the Schedule, shall have the force of law in Saint Christopher and Nevis.

(2) Subject to subsection (3), where the Convention is amended the Minister may, by Order, publish that amendment.

(3) An Order made pursuant to subsection (2), shall be subject to negative resolution of the National Assembly.

4. Central Authority.

The Attorney General shall be the Central Authority for the purposes of this Act and the Schedule to this Act.

5. Payment from Consolidated Fund and reservation.

(1) Subject to subsection (2), money required to be paid by the Government of Saint Christopher and Nevis for the purpose of meeting the obligations of Saint Christopher and Nevis under the Convention shall be a charge on the Consolidated Fund.

(2) The Government of Saint Christopher and Nevis is not bound to assume any costs resulting under the Convention from the participation of legal counsel or advisers or from court proceedings in terms of paragraph 3 of Article 26 of the Convention.

6. Regulations.

(1) Subject to subsection (2), the Minister may make Regulations necessary to give effect to this Act.

(2) Regulations made pursuant to subsection (1), shall be subject to negative resolution of the National Assembly.

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