A judge has ordered that an Illinois boy at the center of an international custody battle should be returned to the state to live with his mother – at least for now.
6-year-old Jack Redmond was born here but his family moved to Ireland shortly thereafter.
His parent’s relationship fell apart and his mother brought him back here to Illinois that is until an Irish court ruled the boy should split time between his parents and a U.S, court agreed.
Now a U.S. appellate court has reversed the order saying his mother, Mary Redmond, has the right to move him.
But the logistics of such a move remain unclear. Jack’s father, Derek Redmond, is trying to keep his son in Ireland, where that country’s courts had decided Jack should live, sharing time between both parents. Another legal fight is being waged in Cook County Circuit Court, where Jack’s father is trying to get the Irish ruling recognized as official.
All of this still needs to play out before it is clear where Jack ultimately will reside, the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals noted in its decision earlier this year.