No. 11-1347.

133 S.Ct. 1017 (2013)

185 L.Ed.2d 1

Jeffrey Lee CHAFIN, Petitioner v. Lynne Hales CHAFIN.

Supreme Court of United States.

Decided February 19, 2013.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Michael E. Manely , Marietta, GA, for Petitioner.

Nicole A. Saharsky , for the United States, as amicus curiae, by special leave of the Court, supporting the Petitioner.

Stephen J. Cullen , Washington, DC, for Respondent.

Michael E. Manely , Counsel of Record, John P. Smith , The Manely Firm, P.C., Marietta, GA, Stephanos Bibas , James A. Feldman , Nancy Bregstein Gordon , Philadelphia, PA, Stephen B. Kinnaird , Lisa A. Nowlin , Sean M. Smith , Michelle E. Yetter , Paul Hastings LLP, Washington, DC, for Petitioner Jeffrey Lee Chafin.

Bruce A. Boyer , Counsel of Record, Civitas ChildLaw Center, Chicago, IL, Timothy Scott , QC, David Williams , Jacqueline Renton , Counsel for The Centre for Family Law and Practice.

Chief Justice ROBERTS delivered the opinion of the Court.

The Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction generally requires courts in the United States to order children returned to their countries of habitual residence, if the courts find that the children have been wrongfully removed to or retained in the United States. The question is whether, after a child is returned pursuant to such an order, any appeal of the order is moot.


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