In a 6-3 decision, the Supreme Court has ruled in Abbott v. Abbott that a parent may have a right of custody under the Hague Abduction Convention by virtue of a ne exeat right under the law of the child’s habitual residence.  Justice Kennedy wrote the majority opinion, which notes that the Court’s conclusion accords with the Convention’s objects and purposes and is strongly supported by the view of the Office of Children’s Issues in the State Department as well as the views of other contracting states. The case was remanded for the trial court to determine whether the parent opposing return can establish the applicability of any of the convention defenses.  Justice Stevens dissented, in an opinion joined by Justice Thomas and Justice Breyer.