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Child custody case could be heard in three countries

For parents living in Salt Lake City, Utah, and around the country, many have personal experiences dealing with divorce and custody issues. While settling such family-related disputes can be a very trying process under the best of circumstances, other factors can come into play that put an incredible strain on parents and children alike. One recent international child custody case stands out for being complicated and a little bizarre even.

The case involves a family with twin teenage boys. In 2012, the boys (of an American father and Romanian mother) left their home in Hungary to visit their paternal grandparents in the U.S. During the time the kids were away, their parents apparently moved to the mother’s home country. 

In a strange twist of events, the father filed for divorce stateside after returning to the country under the pretense of picking up the boys. The man and his sons have been living in the U.S. ever since.

While the family did move to Romania at the time the kids were on vacation, the two children had spent much of their young lives in Hungary. Furthermore, they lived in America until around the age of four. That is why a U.S. district court judge now must decide which of the three countries should host the child custody hearing.

A major issue that may arise in the custody dispute will be determining the boys’ primary country of residence. The mother contends the father committed international abduction of the children and that they mostly lived in Hungary. The father argues that the boys’ residence was Romania; though, they should be allowed to stay in America with him.

Certainly, this case is far from being over. One only hopes the court that hears the trial rules in the best interest of the children.


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