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August 22, 2012
International custody case from Alabama heads to U.S. Supreme Court
An international child custody dispute that started in Alabama will be heard later this year by the U.S. Supreme Court in a case that could affect when American courts have jurisdiction in such cases and when they don’t.
A federal judge in Alabama last year allowed a then-4-year-old girl to return to Scotland with her mother, where they had lived before moving to Huntsville to be with her father. The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals turned down the father’s appeal, saying the issue was no longer in its jurisdiction because the girl already was living in Scotland, prompting him to ask the Supreme Court to review the case.