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Can an international court supercede a child custody ruling here?

Many Connecticut parents are familiar with the problems that often arise regarding parenting plans and divorce. While not every child custody situation is contentious, it's definitely not uncommon for problems regarding the issue to arise. A woman in another state claims she was merely adhering to an existing court order when her situation suddenly became an international incident.

The woman is reportedly required to allow her son to visit his father in another country. She said she never dreamed the man would refuse to return the child to her, but that is exactly what he's done. He apparently got a court in Malta to rule that he could keep the child because he didn't like that the mother was home-schooling him in the United States.

A representative from a non-profit parental advocacy in this country said more than 1,000 children are unlawfully removed from the United States by parents who live abroad every year.  There is already an existing court order that clearly defines a visitation schedule between these two parents. The woman and her current husband are the primary caretakers of the child, and she claims there has never been a custody dispute between her and the child's father.

The boy's mother said she is moving forward with plans to fight to get her child back. She also reported that she was not made aware of the Maltese court proceedings until after they occurred. An experienced Connecticut family law attorney would know how best to proceed to help a concerned parent rectify similar child custody problems in this state.

Source:, "Target 9 investigation: Monroe County mother fighting to get her son back", David Sterling, Accessed on March 21, 2017

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