Where should a child born to an estranged international couple be raised? The U.S. Supreme Court will soon hear Monasky v. Taglieri, 907 F.3d 404 (6th Cir. 2018), which underscores the complications inherent in determining habitual residence for a baby too young to have acclimatized to a particular country when one parent alleges the baby was wrongfully removed.

Domenico Taglieri and Michelle Monasky married in 2011 in America. In 2013, they moved to Italy. Their relationship was marked by discord: Monasky claimed Taglieri physically abused her and forced sexual relations. In 2015 she began investigating a move back to the United States, and she asked Taglieri for a divorce. Two days later, she delivered baby girl A.M.T.

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