Antonio v. Bello – Case Brief Summary (Georgia)

In Antonio v. Bello, No. Civ.A.1:04-CV-1555-T, 2004 WL 1895127, at 1 (N.D. Ga. June 7, 2004), the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia held an ex parte hearing in which it ordered federal marshals to take custody of the child and to serve the respondent with the Hague Convention petition.

At a later hearing, the court released the child to the petitioner and refused to postpone the hearing on the merits of the Hague Convention petition, scheduled for three days later, due to the court's crowded trial docket, which would require waiting at least a month to hold the hearing if postponed. Id.

The court held the hearing as scheduled, and both parents were present and represented by counsel. Id.