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November 2014 Archives

Good news re: international custody abduction preventative measures

The International Child Abduction Prevention and Return Act of 2014 (22 U.S.C. § 9101 et seq.), enacted in August, 2014, provides a new tool to prevent abductions from the United States by requiring Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to establish a program to prevent a child from departing the United States. "[I]f a parent or legal guardian of such child presents a court order from a court of competent jurisdiction prohibiting the removal of such child from the United States to a CBP Officer in sufficient time to prevent such departure for the duration of such court order", CBP is to prevent the departure of the child from the United States. Until now, even when there has been knowledge that a parent is in the process of abducting or planning to abduct a child from the US, the only remedy has been to initiate legal proceedings, which is often too late, resulting in the implication of the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction in the country where the child has been removed to if that country has adopted the Hague Convention; or if the country where the child is now located, a web of legal entanglements based on that country's laws which often are not favorable to the left behind parent.

Circuit Courts Now Split on Bans Against Same-Sex Marriage

Last week, the Federal Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit broke with a wide array of other federal courts when it upheld bans on same-sex marriage in four states: Tennessee, Michigan, Ohio, and Kentucky. This decision directly conflicts with the Federal Courts of Appeals for the Fourth, Seventh, Ninth, and Tenth Circuits.

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