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Brian Bix

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199989591

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199989591.001.0001

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International Aspects of Family Law

International Aspects of Family Law

(p.227) Fifteen International Aspects of Family Law
The Oxford Introductions to U.S. Law

Brian H. Bix

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines rules and procedures that deal with the problem of family law issues across nations, focusing on solutions that come from international conventions and treaties as well as general principles of comity. It begins by discussing international recognition of marriages, divorces, and family-related decrees based on the basic rules of conflict of laws and comity. It then considers the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction, entered into force in 1983 with the primary goal of discouraging international “child kidnapping” and forum shopping across nations for favorable child custody adjudications, and the litigation that has arisen over the basic terms of the Convention.

Keywords:   international family law, comity, marriages, divorces, conflict of laws, Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction, international child kidnapping, forum shopping, child custody

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