Editor's Note :

Editor's Note :

On Monday at 9:30 a.m. we expect the Court to issue orders from the October 17 Conference; we do not expect the Justices to issue any decisions on the merits.

Abbott v. Abbott

Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
08-645 5th Cir. Jan 12, 2010
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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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