Family Law Prof Blog

Editor: Margaret Ryznar
Indiana University
Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Supreme Court Decision in Chafin

From Margaret Ryznar, writing for Huffington Post:

In an opinion written by Chief Justice Roberts, the U.S. Supreme Court recently returned a decision in favor of an American father embroiled in an international custody dispute. In the case, Chafin v. Chafin, the Supreme Court held that the jurisdiction of the American federal courts does not end when the child has been returned to another country pursuant to the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction.

Michael E. Manely, who argued the case on behalf of the father, elaborated upon the decision in an interview for this post, "Thanks to the unanimous decision of the Supreme Court of the United States of America, every child can rest a little better tonight. No one can snatch a child from her home, cross United States' boundaries and escape our State and Federal courts. I also have little doubt that the Scottish courts will return this little girl to the United States when asked."

Read more here.


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