There are occasions when a parent involved in family law proceedings removes a child from their usual residence and prevents the other parent from having (court-ordered) contact with the child because they cannot be located.

In these situations, the other party (usually a parent) who is involved in the proceedings can make an application to the Court seeking a recovery order. For more information on recovery orders, please refer to the Recovery orders brochure.

In these situations, the other party (usually a parent) who is involved in the proceedings can make an application to the Court seeking a recovery order. For more information on recovery orders, please refer to the Recovery orders brochure.

Should the recovery order fail to lead to the recovery of the child, an application can be made to the Court seeking a publication order. In general terms, publication orders allow photographs and certain details of a party and case to be published, with the aim of locating the missing child. Without a publication order, section 121 of the Family Law Act prevents the publication of details of a case that would lead to the identification of a party or witness involved in family law proceedings.

To view photographs and details of current cases in which children are missing and a publication order has been issued, please refer to:

Missing children – Publication orders made in the Family Court

Missing children – Publication orders made in the Federal Circuit Court

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