Just when you think a child custody issue is resolved, something happens.
As usual, two people fell in love, married, and had a beautiful child in 2006. But three years later the parents filed for divorce.
Although the parents lived in Wyoming, California was the child's home state at the time of the divorce. Therefore, the custody issues were litigated in California.
During Custody Battle Mother Takes Child to Norway
Before the court had an opportunity to make a determination of child custody, the mother decided to take her child outside of United States to her native Norway. She did not seek the father's consent before making the trip.
It wasn't the mother's best decision.
Father Pursues Case Under the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Production
Under this scenario, the father's only recourse was to proceed under the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Production. The process sounds complicated, right?
Despite the complications, the father was successful in having his child returned to the United States. Then the family returned to California to settle the child custody issue. Needless to say, the mother's action did not help her custody battle.
A number of hearings ensued on issues of custody, visitation, and child support.
In fact, a California court ordered that the father have sole legal and physical custody of his child. The court also noted that the parties stipulated "this is a final and permanent termination of custody."
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