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GOURVITZ FIRM PREVENTS SEXUALLY ABUSED GIRL FROM BEING RETURNED TO THE UNITED KINGDOM
In a Hague Convention return case, a mother retained her 6 year old daughter after the time she promised the father she would return her to the United Kingdom and kept the child with her in New Jersey. The father, a corporal in the British Army, failed to safeguard his daughter from sexual abuse from his "mate" and was making no safeguards for her further safety. He applied for her return under the Hague Convention which was tried in the District Court of New Jersey. Elliot and Ari Gourvitz filed their responses on behalf of the mother arguing that the United States, not the United Kingdom was the child's "habitual residence" and the Hague Convention "13b exception," that of imminent harm to the child, precluded the return. After the first day of trial the judge adjourned the trial for 60 days for the Gourvitz firm to have available British social services personal, who had submitted reports which included statements of the father's nonchalant behavior about the attack and his failure to provide further safeguards. Seeing how the court was leaning toward enforcing the exception, and possibly finding that the child's "habitual residence" was New Jersey, the father dismissed his action, leaving custody in New Jersey which was designated the child's "habitual residence" with the mother. http://ow.ly/zvPx30baplI

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MUHAMMAD ALI http://ow.ly/hpul300Ys4N

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MUHAMMAD ALI. THE GREATEST OF THEM ALL.
I first met Ali when I was the president of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Foundation, and his attorney convinced him to come to Chicago for our annual fund raiser. He was my hero because of his adherence to his principles and beliefs although diametrically opposed to mine, and his willingness to sacrifice everything to uphold them. I was awestruck when I first met him, but quickly experiences his gentleness and kindness. I didn't know how to address him, and I asked whether I should call him Muhammad, or Mr. Ali, or what? He replied, "just call me Champ," and that is what he was. http://ow.ly/w6zV300YpPo

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RED NOSE DAY, MAY 26, 2016. Give to the children. Red Nose Day charities help children in the poorest communities in the United States.
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GOURVITZ FIRM LOCATED AND UNITES FATHER WITH DAUGHTER ABDUCTED FROM WALES AND HAS NEW YORK SUPREME COURT ORDER THAT THE CHILD BE RETURNED TO WALES http://ow.ly/4ntkHt

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UGLY DIVORCE NO GROUNDS TO FIRE A PUBLIC EMPLOYEE
Robert Smith was fired from his job at the Millville Rescue Squad 9 years ago where his wife also worked because their divorce would be bitter. The law against discrimination protects anyone subject to unfair treatment on the basis of age, race, origin, religion or orientation and applies to such acts in the workplace. Marital status is not specifically covered. The trial court in Smith v. Millville Rescue Squad, dismissed the case and the Appellate Division reversed and reinstated the case. http://ow.ly/4mUF4g

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N.J. JUDGE EXPANDS DOMESTIC VIOLENCE TO COVER ELDER ABUSE
Despite the fact that the N.J. Domestic Violence Act specifically is limited to specific individuals, a N.J. judge issued a restraining order against a son who lived with his 73 year old mother, who he determined had a history of verbal abuse to her, and this emotional abuse constituted domestic violence. He never explained how the act which defines "victim" applied to her, and since neither party had an attorney, simply entered the order. Even the judge decided the case for good motives, he seemingly violated the strict statutory mandate of the act, and in doing so usurped the dictates of the legislature. http://ow.ly/4mPfze

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CHASING NEWS INTERVIEWED GOURVITZ ON CASE INVOLVING CHILD ABUSE AND SENDING CHILD TO ECUADOR
Chasing News interviewed Ari Gourvitz after being contacted by the grandmother about the injustice she believed was happening to herself and her grandchild by the New Jersey Courts by transferring temporary custody from her to the illegal immigrant father. The grandmother alleged the child threatened to kill herself and deport the child to Ecuador after the mother died. She believed the father was/is unfit because he rarely saw the child, has never paid one cent in child support, and acts inappropriately. It was admitted that he snuck into the U.S. from Mexico 15 years ago and has stayed off the "grid" since then. The Gourvitz firm appealed the interim decision to the Appellate Division that denied any relief and then to the Supreme Court that stayed the transfer of the child pending full review by the Appellate Division. The Appellate Division again denied any relief and a subsequent application was made to the Appellate Division. All relief was denied, but guidance was given to the Trial Court. The child was transferred to the father after he was released from jail on bail where he was being prosecuted for making terroristic threats against the grandmother. http://ow.ly/4mHC0a

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NEW JERSEY COURT REFUSES TO HEAR DEFAMATION SUIT BASED ON ISLAMIC LAW
A New Jersey trial court dismissed a defamation case by a Saudi Arabian woman against her half sister because the suit was based upon the interpretation of religious cannons. Plaintiff sued alleging that the defendant defamed her in social media posts that she had sexual relations with several men under a marriage arrangement known under Islamic law as a “Misyar.” The court determined that this was a non-secular matter and a court must abstain from matters that require interpretation of religious cannons. The attorney for the plaintiff intends to appeal the decision stating that allegations of promiscuity are considered defamatory per se. http://ow.ly/10AGAh

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HAGUE CONVENTION ATTORNEY NETWORK OF THE U.S. STATE DEPARTMENT AGAIN THANKS THE GOURVITZ FIRM FOR THEIR VOLUNTEER WORK
We thank you for making an important contribution to the overall operation of the Hague Convention of the United States. It is only through the generosity of Pro Bono counsel like you that hundreds of parents have been able to seek relief under the Hague Convention in U.S. courts in their incoming child abduction cases. The good will generated enhances our relationships with our foreign treaty partners which enhances our abilities in our country to for them to aid in the return of children in their country. And for that we are grateful. It cannot be said often enough: thank you! http://ow.ly/10xQFe
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