The mother of a child was granted custody of the child. The two live in the United States. Later, the father petitioned to get custody of the child according to an October 17, 2014 New York Law Journal article. He was allowed to bring this petition to court due to regulations from the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. The father was living in the Dominican Republic and wanted to bring his son there. The Hague Convention is an agreement signed by many countries that governs international child custody disputes and cases.

Courts in the United States try to rule in the best interest of the child and try to minimize disruptions and interruptions in a child’s everyday life. The court acknowledged that it had already been proven that the child should live in the United States. The court also assessed how he was doing in his environment. The court noted he was speaking English, living at his mother’s residence with his half-brother, doing well in school, playing sports in a community league and was able to visit many of his relatives as they lived close by. The court was able to complete this reassessment for the purpose of this new petition because the child had lived with the mother in the United States for more than one year. The child is a US permanent resident and, in the court’s opinion, is doing very well in the country and enjoys the country, so the court saw no reason to make him move to the Dominican Republic to live with his father.

If you are facing a child custody dispute, a child support dispute or another family law issue, then you should speak to a qualified attorney. Jayson Lutzky handles divorce and family court cases. He has an office in the Bronx, New York and has over 31 years of experience practicing law. Mr. Lutzky offers free initial in-person consultations. To set up an appointment, call 718-514-6619. Visit to learn more about family law.