Abbott v. Abbott
|Docket No.||Op. Below||Argument||Opinion||Vote||Author||Term|
Jan 12, 2010
|May 17, 2010||6-3||Kennedy||OT 2009|
Disclosure: Howe & Russell represents the petitioner.
Holding: If a parent has the right to consent before the other parent can remove a child from the country where the child is living, then the parent also has a right of custody under the Hague Convention on International Child Abduction, and the child must be returned.
Judgment: Reversed and remanded, 6-3, in an opinion by Justice Anthony Kennedy on May 17, 2010. Justice Stevens dissented, joined by Justice Thomas and Breyer.
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Briefs and Documents
- Brief for Petitioner Timothy Mark Cameron Abbott
- Brief for Respondent Jacquelyn Vaye Abbott
- Reply Brief for Petitioner Timothy Mark Cameron Abbott
- Brief for the Permanent Bureau of the Hague Conference on Private International Laws in Support of Petitioner
- Brief for the United States of America in Support of Petitioner
- Brief for the State of California in Support of Petitioner
- Brief for Delegates Lawrence H. Stotter and Matti Savolainen on the Drafting and Negotiating of the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction in Support of Respondent
- Brief for the University of Cincinnati College of Law Domestic Violence and Civil Protection Order Clinic in Support of Respondent
- Brief for Eleven Law Professors in Support of Respondent
- Brief for the Domestic Violence Legal Empowerment and Appeals Project (DV LEAP), the Battered Women’s Justice Project – Domestic Abuse Intervention Programs, Inc., the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Legal Momentum, and the National Network to End Domestic Violence in Support of Respondent
- Brief for Reunite International Child Abduction Center in Support of Neither Party
- Brief for the S&W International ChildFind Program, the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, Justice for Children, Pathways for Children, Children's Law Center of Los Angeles, and Emerge in Support of Reversal
- Brief for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in Support of Reversal