Rapid rise in global family disputes
1 May 2013 Last updated at 13:40 BST
The number of legal disputes between parents living in different countries, where a British judge has had to step in, has more than doubled in two years.
Last year the Head of International Family Justice for England and Wales dealt with more than 250 cases of child abduction, custody, and forced marriages.
He is calling for better co-operation between countries on family law.
Clive Coleman reports.