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Following its mandate to report annually to Congress, the Office of Children’s Issues (OCI) in the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs has issued its 2012 “Report on Compliance with the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction.” In addition, OCI has posted statistics for calendar year 2011 on new incoming [...]
This story describes the desperate financial circumstances of divorced and separate fathers in Italy who cannot keep up with support payments: Elisabetta Povoledo, In Italy, Economy and Law Leave Many Single Fathers Broke and Homeless (NY Times, May 25, 2012).
Judge Richard Posner’s recent opinion in Khan v. Fatima considers the obligations of a trial court judge under Fed.R.Civ.P. 52(a)(1) to make findings of fact in a Hague return proceeding. The Seventh Circuit reversed and remanded the return order in a case in which the district court judge held a one-day evidentiary hearing and ordered return without making findings [...]
The Conclusions and Recommendations adopted by the Hague Conference General Affairs Council at its meeting in April 2012 include two interesting new projects in connection with the Child Abduction and Child Protection Conventions. The Council authorized a new Working Group to develop a Guide to Good Practice on the interpretation and application of Article 13(b) of [...]