If persistence pays off, Dennis Burns will someday win the longstanding battle in which he is presently engaged.
That is a child custody dispute that goes far beyond the parameters of what might normally be considered a contentious family law disagreement in Ohio or elsewhere. Burns’ former spouse defied a court order in 2009 that named Burns as the primary residential parent and abducted the couple’s two daughters, taking them with her to her native country of Argentina. Although the judge overseeing the matter ordered the daughters’ immediate return to Burns, who is a Colorado native, that hasn’t happened.
Instead, Burns has found himself embroiled in a long-term international fight that has an unclear outcome. He has been advised by the U.S. Department of State that he will get his daughters back, but that it could take years for that to happen.
Following the divorce of Burns and his former partner, she stated that Burns had abused her. After a judge ruled that the claim lacked any basis in fact and denied her request to relocate with the daughters to Argentina, she made the move anyway.
That action constituted kidnapping, but, despite the crime, it has been an arduous and long slog for Burns and his attempt to reclaim his children.
The international Hague Convention might seem to apply in the matter, given that both the United States and Argentina signed the global treaty concerning parental child abduction, but no real headway has been made in the case. An Argentine appellate court has sided with Burns in a ruling, but his former partner has appealed the decision, with the matter now moving to that country’s Supreme Court for its consideration.
It is estimated that approximately 1,200 parental child abduction cases involving foreign relocation are reported to the U.S. Department of State each year.
We will keep readers posted on any material developments that occur in Burns’ case.
Source: Huffington Post, "Dennis Burns waits for Argentinian Supreme Court to rule on return of abducted daughters," Nov. 12, 2013