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Man loses latest battle against rabbinical court

Few in Los Angeles likely ever anticipate that their child custody disputes can become major international news stories. Yet the potential for that may be there whenever a divorced parent has ties to another country. His or her line of thinking may be that if he or she can escape from his or her local jursidiction, a court in whatever location he or she flees to will assum ownership of a case. That may or may not happen depending on the circustances of one's individual case, yet what is guaranteed is that disputes involving issues such as this are going to take a while to resolve due to the complexity of the issues involved. 

A recent appellate court ruling in New Jersey illustrates this fact. A man there sued a rabbinical court in his native Isreal back in 2015 after it ruled that he should be denied custody due to his having willingly left the country willingly to return to the U.S. His wife had originally sought the divorce while in Isreael despite the fact that the couple had been living in the U.S. with their young daughter at the time. Despite working with State Department officials to try and regain custody, the man's lawsuit was recently dismissed due to the same officials recognizing that foreign government agencies (which the rabbinical court in this case would be) are afforded immunity when working within the scope of their jobs. 

After reading examples like the one listed above, most may agree that the challenges that come when having to deal with international custody disputes make it next to impossible for one to argue them on one's own. An experienced attorney may provide one with the added assistance needed to to feel more comforable about presenting a solid and successful case in court. 

Source: New Jersey Law Journal "NJ Court Affirms Immunity for Insreali judges in Child Custody Dispute" Booth, Michael, Feb. 15 2018

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