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International Custody, Property & Jurisdiction
With social mobility and the rise of multiple domiciles, family law disputes are increasingly extending beyond national jurisdictions. When such a family law dispute arises, these contesting jurisdiction issues must first be resolved before the underlying custody or property division can be addressed.
Schapiro Thorn Inc. is a San Francisco family law firm with extensive experience in cases involving international jurisdiction issues. While we practice exclusively in California, our network of resources extends around the world. Our lawyers will use our experience and abilities to protect your rights and achieve your goals.
International Jurisdiction Disputes
In some cases, the objective will be to establish California as the jurisdiction where the underlying dispute will be resolved. In other cases, the objective will be to contest California jurisdiction. Clients with international custody or property disputes must be very careful not to do something that inadvertently surrenders or jeopardizes their rights. The sooner you talk with us, the better we will be able to protect you. Schapiro Thorn can advise and represent you in such matters.
International Custody Disputes and the Hague Convention
Child custody disputes can present complicated legal issues. When these disputes extend across national borders, they can become even more complex.
Schapiro Thorn Inc. represents parents in these types of international custody situations:
- U.S. citizens with custody rights whose children have been taken to another country
- Foreign citizens with custody rights who have brought their children to the U.S.
Fortunately for parents in these situations, an international treaty — The Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction — provides a means to decide jurisdiction issues in certain situations. The Convention applies to any child under the age of 16 who was habitually resident in a country that is a party to the treaty. International custody disputes involving nonsignatory nations present more complicated legal issues.
Schapiro Thorn Inc. can address these complicated legal issues with the aim of achieving your goals and protecting your rights.
International Property Issues
Our firm also represents clients in property division matters involving property and assets in other nations. Schapiro Thorn Inc. has long-established relationships with numerous family law firms throughout the world. We can work with them when necessary in the effort to achieve your goals.