Good News on Appeal of International Custody Disputeby Ponichtera & DeNardis, P.C. on 04/06/11
The Appeals Court has just issued a favorable decision on a contempt case tried and won by Attorney Ann Ponichtera DeNardis. The decision is not yet published, but will be soon. You can read the decision in the slip opinion which follows M.M. vs. D.A. In this case Attorney DeNardis successfully tried a case on behalf of a mother whose child was wrongfully taken, and retained in Costa Rica by his biological father. In the underlying decision, the Probate Court ruled that the father had violated the custody orders of the Probate Court, and incarcerated the father until he returned the child to the United States and to the mother. Unfortunately in this tragic case the father has chosen to remain incarcerated, rather than return the child to his rightful custodian - the mother. The Appeals court affirmed the decision of the Probate Court judge in its entirety. Hopefully this will spur the father to do the right thing, and take all actions necessary to assure that the child is returned to his mother. If good news happens - we will post it here.