Hague Convention

Hague Convention Attorney New YorkInternational Hague Convention Lawyer Serving the Hudson Valley

The Hague Convention is an international treaty that returns jurisdiction in an international child custody case to the country where the child habitually resides. Once jurisdiction is returned, the case is resolved in a court in that country based on the applicable custody laws in the country.

While it may seem simple, certain aspects of the Hague Convention can be highly contentious, and therefore the source of intense litigation. For example, what defines the “habitual residence” of the child? For this and other reasons, it is strongly recommended that you retain an attorney experienced in Hague Convention cases.

Experienced Hague Convention and Child Abduction Attorney

At my law firm, Jonathan D. Katz, Attorney at Law, I represent clients in international child custody and long-distance family law matters, including Hague Convention cases. I use my experience and legal knowledge to defend the rights of my clients and to help them achieve their custody goals.

Contact me online or call (845) 834-4747 (toll free (866) 614-8872 from the U.S.) to schedule a consultation.

Successful Hague Convention Cases

There are several factors that can determine the outcome of a Hague Convention case.

Act quickly – The importance of fast action cannot be stressed enough. Under the law, a Hague Convention action can be commenced up to a year from the time of the child’s relocation. But that period may be enough to establish “habitual residence” in the new location. The sooner you act, the stronger your case will be.

Research the case carefully – Hague case decisions are fact-based. My firm will thoroughly research the facts in your case, using resources such as private investigators, child psychologists and other professionals when they can be helpful.

Argue the case effectively – Most judges in the U.S. are not familiar with the provisions of the Hague Convention and how to apply them in a real-life situation. I take the time to fully prepare my cases, providing clear explanations of key Hague Convention concepts in my briefs. Having litigated numerous family law cases, I understand how to make effective written and oral arguments.

Represent the client tenaciously – At my firm, I understand the stakes involved in international custody cases. I will vigorously represent you in the Hague Convention matter and in any subsequent custody litigation.

Contact Jonathan D. Katz Today

Contact us calling (845) 328-2159 or toll-free (866) 843-6388 or fill out the online contact form to schedule your consultation with Jonathan D. Katz.

Located in Saugerties, New York, Jonathan D. Katz represents clients in the USA, UK, Western Europe, Japan and other countries.

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