A 2-year-old Slovak child, Susan, has been ordered to leave Slovakia following a complicated custody case involving international law. Susan’s mother, Zuzana Hartlová, 23, from Martin lived for several months with her partner José Juan in Spain, but subsequently left him. She took their infant daughter Susan with her, the Sme daily wrote on Wednesday, May 18. After several months, Juan sought custody of Susan. After several trials and appeals, Martin District Court ruled on Monday, May 16, that Susan must go to live in Spain.
According to international law, in such international disputes the child should live in the country where it has spent most of its life. Susan lived for 132 days more in Spain than in Slovakia, and thus will be taken from her mother to live with her father. This, according to Sme, makes her probably the first female Slovak citizen to be expatriated from Slovakia by order of a Slovak court. Susan has Slovak citizenship, as she was born in Martin.
The verdict has caused some shock in Slovakia as it is widely assumed that the mother is granted custody in such cases, and also because a Slovak court was not expected to order the expatriation of a Slovak citizen in favour of a foreign plaintiff.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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18. May 2011 at 14:00