Wednesday, December 12, 2012
From Margaret Ryznar, writing for the Huffington Post blog:
Many parents embroiled in child custody cases might only dream of bringing their cases to the highest court in the land, yet this became reality for Army Sgt. 1st Class Jeffrey Lee Chafin last week, when oral arguments were heard by the United States Supreme Court in his case, Chafin v. Chafin, 11-1347.
The Supreme Court agreed to hear the case by granting rare mid-summer cert in the case in 2012. Chafin is further unique because only approximately 1 percent of all cases presented to the Supreme Court are heard, and among those, few are family law cases, which are ordinarily heard in the state courts. However, a circuit split between the American federal appellate courts on Hague Convention return cases such as this one provided Sergeant Chafin with a compelling question to bring to the United States Supreme Court.
Read more here.