The Right of ‘No Exit’
Q: After we moved to a foreign country, the marriage fell apart. The court there gave daily care and control of my son to his mother. I would have no authority to decide whether he undergoes some medical procedure, whether he attends a school field trip, whether he has a religious upbringing or whether he can have a cell phone. These are all rights and responsibilities of his mother.
Nevertheless, I received visitation rights. Moreover, the mother was not to travel with our son outside of the country without my consent, unless a court there overrode my veto. Today, however, she brought him back here with no one’s permission.
A: Your case is subject to the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction and to the International Child Abduction Remedies Act. Your ‘no-exit’ right gives you sufficient joint custody that the American courts must cooperate with the foreign courts whose permission, wrongfully, was never requested.
That a ‘no-exit’ right does not fit within traditional physical-custody notions is beside the point. A transborder child abduction becomes no less reprehensible when it is perpetrated by the parent with greater custody.
By: Scott Baron,
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