We at Prince Law Offices, P.C. are proud to announce a major victory secured by Attorney Matthew T. Hovey in an International Child Abduction case arising out Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.
Attorney Hovey represents the father in the matter, a resident of Montgomery County for several years, but still a Peruvian citizen. The father’s wife, who is the mother of their child, is also a Peruvian citizen. In the fall of 2010, father and mother traveled with the child on a holiday to visit family back in Peru. At the planned conclusion of the vacation, father returned to Montgomery County to resume work, but mother decided to remain behind with the child and visit family. Return tickets were purchased for the mother and the child with a new set return date. Mother, however, never returned with the child and then disappeared for a few months. After several return trips to Peru, the father finally tracked down the mother and the child, but could not secure their return.
Attorney Hovey in coordination with the Department of State of the United States filed dual actions in both Montgomery County and Peru. Mother challenged Montgomery County’s jurisdiction. Recently, the Court of Common Pleas of Montgomery County dismissed mother’s challenge to jurisdiction and found that mother wrongfully withheld and hid the child from the father and ordered the immediate return of the child to Montgomery County.
The return of the child, however, is contingent on the second half of the action filed under the Hague Treaty on International Child Abduction and led by the United States Department of State in coordination with the Central Authority of Peru. Under the Hague Treaty on Child Abduction, if a child is wrongfully held in a foreign jurisdiction, that participating country is to return the child to the home country for determination on custody. Here, the Montgomery County decision bolsters the case in Peru. A decision on the Hague case is expected March 2012.
Earlier this year, Attorney Hovey secured the return of two children abducted by their mother to Texas. If you, a family member, or friend are victim of domestic or international child abduction, please contact our office immediately. Time is always of the essence in these type of cases. Free initial consultation are available.
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