Cases & Deals

Father succeeds in the return of his four-year old son, who had been abducted by his mother and taken to New York City, to the Cayman Islands

Client(s) Father of abducted son

On December 5, 2008, Jones Day New York filed suit on behalf of Mr. W in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, seeking the immediate return of his four-year-old son to the Cayman Islands under the Hague Convention on International Child Abduction after the son was abducted by the child's mother and taken to New York. Mr. W retained Jones Day to represent him on a pro bono basis. Jones Day filed a petition and an order to show cause seeking a temporary restraining order, preliminary relief, and an expedited hearing. After an ex parte argument in chambers, the court granted a temporary restraining order preventing the child's mother from leaving the jurisdiction and taking any action enabling the child to leave the jurisdiction. At a subsequent hearing on December 22, 2008, at which the client was present, Jones Day succeeded in negotiating an on-the-record agreement between the parties in which the mother agreed to immediately return the child to Mr. W. On December 27, 2008, our client returned to the Cayman Islands with his son.