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Move-Aways

An area of family law appellate practice in which Honey Kessler Amado has significant interest and experience is "move-aways"- custody relocations, including international relocations.

A seminal case in which Ms. Amado served as appellate counsel for the relocating mother is In re Marriage of Abargil 106 Cal.App.4th 1294, 131 Cal.Rptr.2d 429 (Cal. App. 2d 2003). In this case, the mother was allowed by the trial court to return home to Israel with her child. The father appealed the decision, arguing that Israel would not enforce a foreign order and that Israel was a war zone, unsafe for the child. Ms. Amado represented the mother; the court of appeal affirmed the trial court’s decision, ruling that, by implication, Israel was a trustworthy partner for enforcing California’s orders and that Israel is not a war zone.

In addition to move away cases, Ms. Amado also represents clients in appeals involving the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction and that Convention’s implementing legislation, the International Child Abduction Remedies Act. Along with Adair Dyer, Ms. Amado co-authored a chapter on Hague Convention procedures in American courts in International Kidnapping: The Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction, edited by Louis Garb (2006, Koninklijke Brill NV).

To speak with Ms. Amado or to make an appointment to see her regarding your client's move away or child custody matter and possible appellate representation or assistance, please contact her at (310) 550-8214.