9. Circ. Nothing “mainly unfair” youngster custody proceedings

By Mike Curley (Oct. 22, 2021, 6:23 p.m. EDT) – The ninth district on Friday ordered a new trial in a custody battle between a Washington state mother and father in Spain, saying the court denied permission an assessment of whether the father had abused the six-year-old makes the process “fundamentally unfair”.

In a published statement, the three-member panel overturned a Washington federal court order to send Jewel Lazaro’s six-year-old daughter back to her father Seth Basil Colchester in Barcelona, ​​saying the court had misused its discretion in the name of expediency under the Hague Convention.

In the opinion, while neither The Hague …

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