International Custody Disputes

International Custody Disputes

Earlier this year parent advocates criticized the U.S. government for leaving 6-year-old Elian Gonzalez in the custody of relatives rather than reuniting him with his Cuban father. But about a thousand American children are subject to...

Earlier this year parent advocates criticized the U.S. government for leaving 6-year-old Elian Gonzalez in the custody of relatives rather than reuniting him with his Cuban father. But about a thousand American children are subject to decisions by the governments and legal systems of other countries which have denied U.S. parents custody or visitation of their children. A panel talks about how custody disputes are handled on the international level, and why certain countries, including some U.S. allies, pose persistent problems.

Guests

Mary Marshall

director of the U.S. State Department Office of Children's Issues

Mary Hamouda

parent

Jim Rinaman

parent with Parents of Abducted Children Together (PACT)

Michael Wildes

attorney specializing in international custody law

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