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A Supreme Court case decided on February 19, 2013, Chafin v. Chafin, concerns the matter of an international child custody case. The girl’s father and mother fought for custody of their daughter under the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction and the International Child Abduction Remedies Act (ICARA). This agreement, signed…

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A New York panel reviewed and agreed to hear a mother’s petition after the Family Court denied her custody petition, as reported by the New York Law Journal in a December 24th, 2012 article. The Family Court refused to hear the mother’s request to modify a prior custody order. The original custody order granted primary…

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The children were removed on the grounds that both parents had abandoned and/or permanently neglected their children. This led to their parental rights being terminated by the court, however, both parents appealed this decision.  Although the court ruled in favor of the mother’s appeal, but the father’s rights are still subject to termination. The father…

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A New York ex-couple fought in the court system over whether their child was allowed to relocate with his mother outside of the state, as reported by the New York Law Journal in an October 12th, 2012 article. Both of the parties had resided in Rockland County, NY for a long period of time and…

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A New York mother lost her petition to the child’s father who denied paternity, as reported by the New York Law Journal in a September 14, 2012 article. Upon learning that he was the biological father both the mother and father petitioned seeking sole custody of the child. After reviewing the submitted evidence and documents…

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In New York State, there is a family court located in each of its five boroughs, in addition to the numerous family courts that are located upstate. Today New York City’s family court, which handles disputes that include but not are not limited to divorce, child abuse, child support, paternity, adoptions, and order of protections…

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A bill that challenges the traditional definition of a family passed in the California state Senate and is now in the state Assembly. This bill would allow a child to have more than two parents according to a July 10, 2012 Fox News online article. According to a statement by the bill’s sponsor, it is…

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The New York family court ruled that they did not have the authority to override a criminal court order, as reported in a June 22nd, 2012 New York Law Journal article. A mother seeking custody rights of her children had to be turned down by the New York family court after learning that she had…

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A Queens County, New York father was denied his petition to modify child custody after the court found that he was unstable, as reported in a June 22nd, 2012 New York Law Journal article. The father petitioned the court claiming that the mother was mentally and verbally abusing their child. The father requested the court…

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A New York Court ruled that a party in a divorce representing himself should have been given a full copy of a forensic report regarding his divorce. Although the court found that it was an error they determined that it was harmless and not enough to dismiss the action, as reported by a New York…

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A mother wanted to move with her daughter to Texas, where she claimed to have a job, but a New York appellate court ruled otherwise. An article in the June 12, 2012 New York Law Journal discussed the child-custody battle between the two parents. The court ruled in a narrow majority that the mother could…

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A New York Court of Appeals decision reported in the New York Law Journal on June 1, 2012 decided that a parent, even with custodial rights over his or her child, can be found guilty of kidnapping. In the case, People v. Leonard, the father of a 6-week-old baby held his baby hostage with a…

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Bronx family attorney discusses forming a child custody agreement Child custody cases are tough on all parties involved. Overall the court system has taken the standard that these cases should be resolved in the best interests of the child, but what happens if the child’s interests changes with age? A May 19th, 2012 New York…

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The New York family court ruled that special circumstances are required to be met when a grandparent seeks custody rights of their grandchildren, as reported by the New York Law Journal in a December 2, 2011 article. A New York grandmother sought to gain full custody rights of her twin granddaughters after their mother’s boyfriend…

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A New York court ruled against an ex-husband and granted France jurisdiction over a pending child custody dispute, as reported by The New York Law Journal in a September 19th, 2011 article. The ex-husband argued that his ex-wife had fraudulently obtained a passport for their child and took extreme measures to prevent him from following…

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The New York court system as always taken a harsh approach on disciplining juveniles who have found themselves in the legal system, but the chief judge may soon be softening the system, as reported in a September 20th, 2011 New York Times article. In New York juveniles especially those who are closer to the age…

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  Japan is working towards strengthening the rights of foreign parents who are in international child-custody disputes. Japan’s government is currently working to ratify the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. Japan is one of only seven nations who have not joined the convention, which restricts a foreign parent from…

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  An Appellate court found itself split on whether a mother would be allowed to move her 6-year-old boy across the country to California against the New York father’s wishes. The New York Law Journal reported on June 3rd, 2011, that the justices were full of strong opinions and emotions regarding the outcome of the…

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