Should the child be heard in all proceedings?

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In a procedure for returning a child who has been wrongfully removed or retained (abducted) by one of the parents, the child should always be given the opportunity to express their views. Moreover, a party in the proceedings related to parental responsibility may oppose the recognition and enforcement of a judgment in case the child has not been given the opportunity to be heard.

The principle is that a child should always be heard when the proceedings concerns them. The only case where a child might not be heard is when the court decides that hearing the child appears inappropriate, taking into account his or her age or degree of maturity.

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