International Judicial Conference on Cross-Border Relocation, March 23-25, 2010

Notice to the Press
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
March 23, 2010

Today the State Department is opening a three-day International Judicial Conference on Cross-Border Relocation in Loy Henderson Auditorium. The conference is a joint effort of the International Centre for Missing Children, the Hague Conference on Private International Law and the Bureau of Consular Affairs.

U.S. and international court judges, central authority officials and academic experts are studying the issues that face a family and the legal system if a custodial parent wants to move with the child(ren) to a location far from the non-custodial parent. Generally each parent is interested in maintaining a significant presence in the child’s life. This is a complicated issue when courts must make determinations on domestic cases. It is further complicated by the international component, if the custodial parent wants to move to a different country. Organizers hope that this opportunity for a multi-disciplined study of the issue will result in the recommendation of criteria for courts to consider when deciding cross-border relocation cases.

Participants include high court judges and justices from the United Kingdom, Spain, New Zealand, Brazil, Canada, Australia, Germany, Pakistan, India, and Egypt as well as state and federal judges from the United States. Additionally, there will be central authority officials from Mexico, Australia, France, Brazil and the United States as well as academic experts from the United Kingdom, the United States, and New Zealand.

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PRN: 2010/346