There are a number of international and national conventions and treaties our firm routinely deals with including the Hague Convention of 25 October 1980 on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction, which is the cornerstone of measures to take when a child has been abducted and should be returned to his or her country of habitual residence; the Hague Convention on the Service Abroad of Judicial and Extrajudicial Documents in Civil or Commercial Matters of 15 November 1965, which is a convention that dictates how to perfect Service of Process abroad, and many others.
'Tis the season of many, many holidays and all the adherents of all the different holidays seem to share one tradition, they travel to see family. When that family lives in another city, they travel to another city. When that family lives in another state, they travel to another state. And when that family lives in another country, they travel to another country.
Imagine finding out that you have been sued in Federal Court. Imagine that the case involves the most important thing in the whole world to you, perhaps even more important than your own life. Now imagine that, at the same time that you find out that there is a case at all, you also learned that your final trial is only one week away. Welcome to our world.
I know that I don't have to tell you that there are a lot of evil people in this world.
In some ways, I have the sweetest job in the world. I get to help children get back home when they've been taken away from there and I get to help keep children here in the U.S. when they shouldn't be sent away to some foreign country. This is kind of a summary of what the Hague Convention on International Child Abduction is all about and it is a large part of what I get to do every day.
Sometimes in family law we get to save children. Sometimes in family law we get to make law. Sometimes in International Family Law we get to do both. This is one of those times.
A local attorney recently boasted on Linked in that she is experienced in International Family Law and Hague Convention International Child Abduction cases.
A shout out tonight to one particular father who didn't go the extra mile, he went the extra thousand miles. We just finished his international family law case and I couldn't be more proud to know him.
There is no international family law database which tells every government, foreign and domestic, where a child belongs. There is no cloud server that every official can check which contains the critical custody information for each child. Do mom and dad have equal custody? Does the child live in The Bahamas or Costa Rica or Brazil or Denmark or the US?
Tonight's post on International Family Law Cases in Atlanta was written by our newest attorney, Dina Khismatulina. She is licensed to practice in both Georgia (as in US) and in Russia.