A stuck parent is a parent who, after moving abroad followed by a relationship breakdown, is unable to return to their home country with their children or is forced to be separated from them because they are unable to remain in that country together.
Removing a child without permission from a country that has signed up means that one parent can accuse the other of child abduction under this international treaty:
My British husband and I decided to move with our two young daughters from the UK to Canada. We dreamed of owning a farm and said we’d try it for two years. Unfortunately within months our marriage broke down and my husband became abusive. I had no one to turn to as we lived in a remote rural area. I took my girls back to the UK but then I was charged with child abduction. I spent £30,000 on court fees but was sent back to Canada with nothing. I feel I am being held hostage, with no money or home. Soon my visa will run out. Then what?