Family Law Prof Blog

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

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

U.S. Supreme Court Decides Hague Abduction Case


The Supreme Court [has today resolved] an international child custody dispute in favor of the girl's Italian father over her American mother.

The mother, Michelle Monasky, fled with her daughter from Italy to Ohio when the girl was two months old. Monasky said her husband had become abusive, so she left with her daughter and moved in with her parents in the United States. The Supreme Court agreed unanimously Tuesday that lower courts were correct in ordering that the now 5-year-old girl be returned to Italy.

The child's father, Domenico Taglieri, had petitioned courts in the United States for the girl's return and won. The child, who is referred to as A.M.T. in court documents, was actually returned to Italy when she was nearly 2 years old and put in her father's care. An appeal of the case continued in the United States, however, and custody proceedings are still ongoing in Italy.

Read more here, and today's U.S. Supreme Court decision here.

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