Father gets federal backing in international custody battle - KCTV5


Overland Park father gets federal backing in international custody battle

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One of the highest ranking lawyers in the U.S. is coming to the defense of a local soldier who is the middle of an international custody case.

The support is a huge step forward for Sgt. 1st Class Jeffrey Chafin who is fighting to bring his daughter home from Scotland.

Chafin's family hosted a garage sale to raise money to help pay for his legal bills after he was locked in an international custody battle for the past year.

An Alabama judge forced Chafin to send his daughter, Eris, to be with her mother in Scotland.

He has since appealed that ruling, and the case is now set to go to United States Supreme Court.

Three different court filings show support for Chafin, including a brief filed by the Solicitor General of the U.S., the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and the U.S. Department of Justice.

"I promised my little girl I was going to get her back. I told her to hang on and said, ‘daddy's going to fight,' and that is why we are here," Chafin said during a KCTV5 interview in September.

Members of the U.S. government will argue on his behalf in the Supreme Court hearing.

The Supreme Court will be focused on the legality of the ruling from Alabama. If the U.S. Supreme Court sides with Chafin, he is one step closer to getting his little girl home.

A Facebook page has been created to help bring Eris home. Click here to read more.

Click here to read the amicus curiae brief filed to the Supreme Court.

To read previous coverage, click here.

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