Representing the Left Behind Parent in International Child Kidnapping Cases

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Course Description

This program was recorded on February 19th, 2019

Civil litigation seeking the return of children abducted from or wrongfully retain, in a country other than their usual place of abode is unique and outside the normal experience of most family law attorneys, as well as many federal and state court judges. An overview of the legal tools used in representing the left behind parent in such cases will be provided in this course.



  • Patrick Stiehm
    One of Patrick H. Stiehm’s major areas of practice is representing the left behind parent in international child kidnapping cases in both state and federal court, both as attorney of record and in a mentoring capacity. He has brought and/or mentored other attorneys in Hague Convention cases, throughout the United States. Some of these cases have furthered the purposes of the Convention and refined the law governing the Convention in the United States. Typical examples are Escaf v. Rodriquez, 200 F. Supp. 2d 603, (Eastern District of Virginia, 2002) and Ly v. Heu, 294 F. Supp. 2nd 1026 (District of Minnesota, 2003). Mr. Stiehm is a former District Attorney (Wisconsin), has served in a verity of legal capacities with the U.S. Small Business Administration. He has been General Counsel for a publicly traded commercial finance company. He has been an instructor in the United States Attorney General's Trial Advocacy Course, and a Continuing Legal Education Instructor, teaching in the areas of litigation, commercial finance and international parental child kidnapping. He has been a featured speaker on legal matters at various trade meetings and seminars involving the commercial finance industry.

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      • 1.5 General Credits
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    1. Inbound Cases:
      1. The Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction;
      2. it’s implementing Congressional legislation, The International Child Abduction Remedies Act;
      3. the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (“UCCJEA”) where the Hague Convention remedy is not available;
      4. the special rules have been fashioned by the treaty, the implementing legislation and court decision with respect to such cases; and
      5. cases with the Hague Convention does not apply. i.e., using the UCCJEA.
    2. Outbound Cases
      1. Assisting a left behind parent before the State Department;
      2. helping with evidence to proceed before a foreign court or administrative body by among other things establishing the law from which the child or children were abducted; and
      3. coordinating with counsel in the proceedings in the country to which the child or children have been abducted.