The United States Court of Appeal for the Eighth Circuit (St. Louis) has issued a very educational opinion concerning international custody disputes. In this case there was one family law case pending in Israel, and another one pending in Missouri. The US District Court decided that the case in Israel is the controlling case.
The court explains:
The opinion then goes on to detail how international custody disputes are resolved, including which court is the appropriate one the hear the case, what the hearing should focus on, the defenses available to a Hague challenge, and what a trial court can and cannot do when rule on an international dispute. The case is a very good overview. May be a bit technical for non-lawyers, but it is a very good primer for family law lawyers looking for a Hague refresher.
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