We live in an increasingly global society. Travel is easier and faster
than it has ever been. Many people travel the globe for work, and develop
international relationships. These international relationships can sometimes
lead to international custody disputes.
Child custody matters for New York couples and others in the United States can take
years to sort out. Resolutions of custody in one country may not always
apply in another country, making enforcement of custody difficult. One
international dispute was recently dismissed by a U.S. federal judge after
the child reached the age of 16.
That is the age when child custody guidelines under The Hague Convention
no longer apply. The convention established rules that countries in the
convention agreed to abide by. The case recently dismissed involved three
different countries, and was working its way through the courts for nearly
a decade before finally being dismissed.
The woman involved was a U.S. citizen and the man a British citizen. The
child was born in Hawaii, but the child was brought back to the United
States by his mother after being with the father in Chile. The Chilean
courts said the child could not leave the country without permission from
both parents. The fact that the boy involved was a U.S. citizen further
complicated the case.
This case has had many different appeals by both parents who both wanted
custody of the child. Because of the complexity of international child
custody disputes, it would be wise that New York parents seek experienced
help to resolve their custody issues through the court system.
Source: CNN, "Child at center of high court fight over custody gets closure," Bill Mears, Feb. 14, 2012