Tables Turn On Divorce Jurisdiction Shopping Mother
I'm curious what other forum members have to say about this article. Best that I can tell, the woman engaged in some sneaky behavior and now is angry that her husband turned the tables by simply engaging in the precisely the same action that she originally committed herself.

Quote:Windsor mother desperate for return of kids allegedly abducted to Lebanon by husband

Khawla Khalifa last heard from her two young children six months ago — when she says they were kidnapped and flown out of the country.

The Windsor woman said her husband, now wanted on a Canada-wide arrest warrant for abduction, quietly flew the kids from the border city to Lebanon, despite a court order banning the youngsters from travelling. They haven’t been back to Canada since.

“There’s not a minute that goes by that I’m not thinking about my children and how they’re doing, if they’re safe, it they’re being taken care of,” Khalifa told the Star.

The 32-year-old’s husband, Achraf Zeidan, from whom she is seeking a divorce, failed to return two of their three Windsor-born children to her house in April after he spent the weekend with them, she said.

Khalifa’s sister-in-law brought back the couple’s youngest son, Zein Zeidan, 3, to Khalifa — at the time dictated by a custody agreement. But by then, Zeidan, 34, had already arrived in Lebanon with daughter Dina Zeidan, 5, and son Fawzi Zeidan, 8.

A court order issued by a Windsor judge in February forbids the children from being taken out of  Windsor-Essex, except for Khalifa taking them to Toronto for medical appointments. Dina is brought to SickKids hospital every three months for checkups on a slow-growing brain tumour.

Khalifa alleged that her husband is sometimes aggressive and behaves improperly, which he denies.

Khalifa has followed the steps listed in the Government of Canada’s online guidebook for left-behind parents in international child abduction situations. She’s also written letters for help to several ministers, including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Feeling she’s gotten nowhere, she said, she shared her story with the Star in the hopes the federal government would further intervene on her behalf, especially considering her children are all Canadian citizens.

“I want to get them back and I want them to be in my arms, but I feel helpless,” Khalifa said. “I don’t feel like my government’s doing what they can.”

Global Affairs Canada confirmed consular officials are in contact with “local authorities and are providing consular assistance” regarding Khalifa’s case.

“Child abductions are some of the most difficult consular situations that the Government of Canada responds to and are a profoundly difficult and damaging experience for both the children and their families,” said a statement from Global Affairs Canada sent to the Star via email.

Lebanon is not a signatory to the Hague Convention, an international treaty that can, under court decision, order the return of a child to his or her country of “habitual residence.” Global Affairs Canada’s statement said this makes the case “challenging” and subject to “local child custody laws and rules.”

The Canada-wide warrant for Zeidan seeks his arrest on two counts of parental abduction and one count of disobeying a court order.

A news release Thursday from Windsor police stated the service “is making continued efforts to have the children returned to Canada and to have the accused appear in our court system to answer the charges.”

Windsor police also stated the major crimes branch has been in communication with Zeidan.

From August 2017 to December 2018, Khalifa, Zeidan, and their three children lived in Lebanon where Khalifa taught English at her kids’ school and Zeidan worked as a civil engineer. The move was supposed to be temporary, said Khalifa, who was born in the United Arab Emirates but moved to Windsor at age 3.

She wanted to take all three children back to live in Canada and file for divorce from Zeidan, she said, but Zeidan would allow only Dina to go with her to Canada for hospital visits.

In December 2018, after receiving permission from Zeidan to take the children to visit her brother in the United Arab Emirates, she said, she flew them back to Canada.

So, she actually was the first to relocate the children to a different country without the other parent's permission. She lied about "just visiting a family member in the UAE" and then took them to Canada without his consent or knowledge.

She essentially forced him to come to Canada to engage in divorce proceedings there, where she knew she'd be granted a greater portion of the marital assets than she'd ever be entitled in Lebanon.

Quote:“I did it for them,” Khalifa said of her children.

Zeidan, who lived in Windsor from 2006 to 2017, told the Star by phone from Lebanon he did not care about disobeying the court order when he brought two of his children from Canada to Lebanon.

“My kids’ life is back to the point where it was before my wife kidnapped them to Canada,” Zeidan said. His lawyer in Lebanon, Mohamad Chehade, participated in the phone call with the Star and at times spoke to Zeidan in Arabic.
“They are home and they do not want to go back,” Zeidan said.

He wants Khalifa to bring Zein to live in Lebanon, where they can continue divorce proceedings, he said. When asked why he left his youngest son in Canada with Khalifa, he would not go into detail.

Zeidan said the couple had planned to live in Lebanon for at least five years.

One complaint he has is that his children were not allowed to discuss him when they were around her family, he said, which Khalifa denies.

“I want to reach an agreement (about) the kids,” Zeidan said. “I want them to live peacefully with their mom and dad (in Lebanon).”

Khalifa said she feared she would not be granted a divorce in Lebanon and would be forced to obey Zeidan. Zeidan told the Star he has “no problem divorcing her” in Lebanon, and that he “would have no authority over her, only over my kids, as she does in Canada.”

He said he would agree to negotiate shared custody of the children, as long as they remained in Lebanon.

The children are back at school in Lebanon and “they’re perfect,” Zeidan said. He took Dina to the American University Hospital of Beirut for an MRI to monitor her tumour, he said, but he wants Khalifa and SickKids to send him her medical records.

“They want their mom, but they do not want to go back to Canada,” Zeidan said.
Khalifa said she has no intention of going back to Lebanon until their divorce is finalized in Canada and in Lebanon.

“I feel like my hands are tied,” she said.
The allegations made by Khalifa and Zeidan have not been proven in court.

I don't want to immediately support the man in this case, since neither parent is a saint in this news story, but I can't help but feel some schadenfreude in respect that how the tables turned on the mother.
Yeaaahhh fuck that bitch. Relocating your children to a country where you're guaranteed to get a better cut of the divorce proceedings is next level scumbag shit. Children need stability and both their parents.

The man did the right thing in moving them back where they have a support system and family. BUT he definitely picked the wrong woman and had multiple kids with her, or failed to guard her from the evils of feminism and the west which is equally his fault. I feel for the kids
(10-18-2019, 06:40 PM)Suits Wrote: I'm curious what other forum members have to say about this article. Best that I can tell, the woman engaged in some sneaky behavior and now is angry that her husband turned the tables by simply engaging in the precisely the same action that she originally committed herself.


There's a concept in contract law called rescission, which is the idea that parties of a contract can be restored back to their original position in the event that one of the parties is a victim of misrepresentation or undue influence.

If the couple was originally together in Lebanon and the husband authorized a trip to UAE, and if the mother admittedly misrepresented by taking them to Canada to abduct them, it seems fair in the overall scheme that they're now back to their original position before the mother's initial misrepresentation — even if the father had to resort to his own illicit abduction to get them there.

This seems to be the best outcome of an unfortunate situation.

Not a legal expert, but I also imagine there may be grounds to prosecute the mother in Canada if the Hague convention's policy on child abduction is also enacted into Canadian law, thereby making it illegal to abduct children from anywhere.

I would say the same if the mother/father positions were reversed.

Too bad for the kids.
So, the husband is saying they agreed to live in Lebanon in five years. He only lived in Canada for 11 years before he went back to Lebanon, and it seems like he doesn't want to live in Canada.

The wife grew up in Canada, and possibly she didn't like the lifestyle/culture in Lebanon and decided to ditch the guy. She claims he behaved improperly and acted abusively, but we don't know whether that's true.

They had a fundamental disagreement about where to raise the kids. Wife decides to ditch husband and Lebanon, and lies about her true intentions and takes kids out of country. Guy takes them back to Lebanon with some sneakiness of his own.

I seriously doubt the husband would be extradited to Canada to face the charges filed. And it seems Canadian law doesn't have much weight in Lebanon, since that country isn't a Hague signatory.

Tough situation for the lady. Doesn't have much legal force behind her.

You can definitely make the argument she brought this onto herself by back stabbing the husband. He merely retaliated, and he's holding the cards right now legally.
This reminds me of a story in Australia a few years ago, where a TV crew hired people to try to kidnap the children back. It was a load of juicy drama.

Quote:The last time Ms Faulkner held Lahela and Noah, she had just been released from prison with a 60 Minutes crew, including star reporter Tara Brown, after two weeks behind bars.

The group had faced the possibility of receiving much longer sentences for hiring professionals to snatch the children from their paternal grandmother off a Beirut street on April 7 last year. The attempt was foiled when police were tipped off and later raided the 'safe house' that Ms Faulkner and her children were staying in before arresting those involved.

The children were returned to their father Ali Elamine, who had lured them to Lebanon on the pretence of a holiday in May 2015, then refused to send them home to their mother - despite Ms Faulkner having full custody of them in Australia.

Ms Faulkner relinquished custodial rights under Australian law to Elamine so he would drop abduction charges against her that carried a maximum 20 year sentence. He was also reportedly paid more than $1 million by 60 Minutes to drop charges against the television crew.

Elamine has since been granted full custody in Lebanon under a religious order.

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