DISCLAIMER: The information in this flyer is provided for general information only, is not intended to be legal advice, and may change
without notice. Questions involving interpretation of law should be addressed to an attorney licensed to practice in the relevant
For information concerning travel to Bangladesh, including information about the location of the U.S. Embassy, the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program, entry/exit requirements, safety and security, crime, medical facilities and health information, traffic safety, road conditions and aviation safety, please see country-specific information for Bangladesh.
Bangladesh is not a signatory to the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction (Hague Abduction Convention), nor are there any bilateral agreements in force between Bangladesh and the United States concerning international parental child abduction.
Legal systems and laws pertaining to custody, divorce, and parental abduction vary widely from country to country. The government of Bangladesh maintains information about custody, visitation, and family law on the Internet at The Family Courts Ordinance and The Guardians and Ward Act
Parents are encouraged to consult with an attorney who specializes in family law in Bangladesh and who can provide accurate legal guidance that is specific to their circumstances.
The Department of Stateâ€™s Bureau of Consular Affairs, Directorate for Overseas Citizens Services, Office of Childrenâ€™s Issues provides assistance in cases of international parental child abduction. For U.S. citizen parents whose children have been wrongfully removed to or retained in countries that are not U.S. partners under the Hague Abduction Convention, the Office of Childrenâ€™s Issues can provide information and resources about country-specific options for pursuing the return of or access to an abducted child. The Office of Childrenâ€™s Issues may also coordinate with appropriate foreign and U.S. government authorities about the welfare of abducted U.S. citizen children. Parents are strongly encouraged to contact the Department of State for assistance.
United States Department of State
Bureau of Consular Affairs
SA-17, 9th Floor
Washington, DC 20522-1709
Outside the United States or Canada: 1-202-501-4444
Parental child abduction is not a crime in Bangladesh.
Parents may wish to consult with an attorney in the United States and in the country to which the child has been removed or
retained to learn more about how filing criminal charges may impact a custody case in the foreign court. Please see Possible Solutions - Pressing Criminal Charges for more information.
Legal systems and laws pertaining to custody, divorce, and parental abduction vary widely from country to country. Parents are encouraged to consult with an attorney who specializes in family law in Bangladesh and who can provide accurate legal guidance that is specific to their circumstances.
The Office of Childrenâ€™s Issues may be able to assist parents seeking access to children who have been wrongfully removed from or retained outside the United States. Parents who are seeking access to children who were not wrongfully removed from or retained outside the United States should contact the U.S. Embassy in Bangladesh for information and possible assistance.
Neither the Office of Childrenâ€™s Issues nor consular officials at the U.S. Embassy in Bangladesh are authorized to provide legal advice.
The U.S. Embassy in Dhaka, Bangladesh, posts a list of attorneys, including those who specialize in family law.
This list is provided as a courtesy service only and does not constitute an endorsement of any individual attorney. The Department of State assumes no responsibility or liability for the professional ability or reputation of, or the quality of services provided by, the following persons or firms. Professional credentials and areas of expertise are provided directly by the lawyers..
Recently, the Bangladesh Ministry of Law began an active campaign to formally incorporate mediation in both criminal and civil cases. However, to date mediation is not mandatory and remains up to the discretion and agreement of the mediating parties in both civil and criminal courts. There are also a number of local NGOs in Bangladesh that may provide Alternative Dispute Resolution and mediation services.
NGO Contact Information
The U.S. Embassy in Bangladesh can be contacted at:
U.S. Embassy Bangladesh
Madani Avenue Baridhara, Dhaka 1212, Bangladesh
Telephone: (880) (2) 882-3805 during business hours (Sunday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.).
Fax: (880) (2) 882-4449
Website: U.S. Embassy Bangladesh
The Embassy of Bangladesh is located in Washington, D.C., at:
Embassy of Bangladesh
3510 International Drive NW
Washington, DC 20008address
Website: Embassy of Bangladesh in Washington, D.C.