Joe Jonas, Sophie Turner, their Children, and the Hague Convention: What Does it All Mean?
By now, news of Game of Thrones star Sophie Turner and Jonas Brothers boy band member Joe Jonas’ recent divorce filing has peppered online newsfeeds and social media timelines. However, the beginning of the end of the 4-year marriage between the two young A-listers is not only making headlines because of the shock of the uncoupling of a Hollywood power couple. The issue that is now taking center-stage when it comes to the pending divorce proceedings between Turner and Jonas is the custody of their two young children. Will Willa, the couples’ young daughter, and her sibling, a second young child born of the couple’s marriage who has not had their name publicized, live in their mother’s home country of the United Kingdom, or their father’s residence in the United States?
England, America, An A-List Couple, and the Hague Convention
Following the filing of the initial divorce papers in the case of Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner, Sophie Turner took another legal action, this time in regards to the residence of their two daughters. According to Forbes Online, on September 21, 2023, Turner filed a lawsuit against Jonas alleging that he had wrongfully removed or detained their daughters. Turner apparently claims that she and Jonas agreed between each other that as of December, 2022, their two children would move to England, which would be their “forever home.” Turner further claims that Jonas has refused to return the two young children’s passports and has so far also refused to send them to England.
Turner’s lawsuit is brought under the Hague Convention, which “is described in the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction as the main international agreement that covers international parental child abduction.” Simply put, the Hague convention “provides a process through which a parent can seek to have their child returned to their home country.” It has been already opined that in order for the Hague Convention to apply to Turner’s case against Jonas, they would have had to have been “habitually resident in England, to begin with, but were wrongfully removed or retained in the U.S.” Ultimately, however, the Jonas-Turner legal battle has just begun, and it remains to be seen exactly what will happen in the couple’s pending legal battle.
Hague Convention – Legal Help in Chicago
No parent should have to go through the pain and anguish of being unlawfully separated from their child. In Chicago, parents desperately seeking to be with their children after they have been unlawfully removed from their country of residence should seek legal help as soon as possible. The experienced international family law and Hague Convention lawyers at Birnbaum Gelfman Sharma & Arnoux, LLC offer a confidential consultation to learn about the ins and outs of your case and to see if they can help fight for you and your family. Contact the experienced Chicago International law and Hague Convention lawyers at Birnbaum Gelfman Sharma & Arnoux, LLC today and speak to a lawyer about your case today.