International Child Abduction from the UK to the United States: UCCJEA or the Hague Convention?

Posted by Jeremy Morley | Apr 05, 2024 | 0 Comments

Published: 3rd April 2024

Whenever children are abducted from the United Kingdom to the United States, counsel for the left-behind parents must consider a most unusual aspect of U.S. law when determining the optimal methods of securing the children's return. Not only may a case be started under the Hague Abduction Convention in the U.S. state or federal court in the location of the children's current location, but an alternative procedure may well be far more advisable.

Every U.S. state except Massachusetts has adopted a uniform statute, promulgated by America's Uniform Law Commission, known as the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (the “UCCJEA”). The UCCJEA authorizes the registration and enforcement of a foreign court's “child custody determination” and provides, once registered, the foreign order must be enforced and cannot be modified. There are certain requirements and limitations which I cannot outline fully here but this article is intended to provide a brief and introductory overview.

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Jeremy Morley

Jeremy D. Morley was admitted to the New York Bar in 1975 and concentrates on international family law. His firm works with clients around the world from its New York office, with a global network of local counsel. Mr. Morley is the author of "International Family Law Practice,...


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