Iowa courts scheduled to hear child custody case that deals with Hague Convention issue The Federal Court in Des Moines, Iowa will be reviewing a custody issue filed by a Swedish father, as reported by the TimesRepublican in a February 25th, 2013 news article. In the petition the father argues that the mother moved their child to Iowa illegally. The parents were originally married and living in Sweden together with their child. However, upon their divorce the mother moved the child to the United States. The mother originally claimed that she was going to the U.S. for a 90day visit, but refused to return to Sweden.
After the visit ended. The lower courts ordered the mother turn over their daughter’s passport so that the 3yearold child could not leave the country. Although the court informed the mother that until the case went before the high court she was not allowed to leave the Southern District of Iowa or faced being arrested. The Iowa court will be deciding whether the mother violated the terms under the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. This act prevents children of international parents from being taken to another country and prevented from seeing.