Father fighting for custody case to be decided in Japan

Child custody cases in Battle Creek can become extremely complex, particularly when the issue of jurisdiction is in doubt. Acrimony may exist between the couples working through them, which may prompt one side to attempt to change the circumstances of such cases to their favor. Fleeing to a different jurisdiction may certainly qualify as an example of this, as those who choose to do so may believe that the different statutes and standards enforced there will be beneficial to their causes. Yet in such cases, it is not uncommon for the court officials from their home jurisdictions to continue to assert their authority to decide the outcomes. 

This can be seen in full display in the ongoing custodial case currently being heard in Mississippi. At the center of it are two boys who their father alleges were abducted by their mother from their adopted home country of Japan. The family had lived in the U.S. until late 2015, when mother and sons rejoined the father after he had been living for months in Japan. The couple then decided to split. Yet before a Japanese court could address the issue of the custody of the boys, the mother returned with them to the United States. The father is now seeking sole custody so that they may return to Japan, stating that their ongoing residency there gives the Japanese court jurisdiction in the case. 

It may be understandable why one may want to have an issue as important as the custody of his or her children decided by a court in an area or region that he or she is more familiar with. Yet that desire alone may not warrant a change or jurisdiction. Those involved in custodial disputes such as this may be wise to seek the services of an experienced attorney. 

Source: Jackson Clarion Ledger "International child custody dispute in Mississippi" Gates, James E., Jan. 22, 2018

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