Wednesday, July 18, 2007

In Re Sareen (Cal. Ct. App. - July 17, 2007)

It's only one side of the story, of course. Listen nonetheless to how Vikas Sareen ('husband") allegedly decides to leave his wife, Reema ("wife"):

"On February 17, 2002, husband and wife were married in New Delhi, India. In July 2002 they moved from India to New York State. Husband is a United States citizen and wife is a legal resident of the United States. Their daughter, S., was born in New York on February 20, 2004. She is a United States citizen.

According to wife, on August 20, 2004, husband told her the family was going to Switzerland for a vacation. However, when they got to Frankfurt, Germany, they changed planes not for Switzerland, but for India. They arrived in India on August 21, 2004. Less than a week later, on August 27, 2004, husband filed for divorce in an Indian court. Three days later, on August 30, 2004, husband filed a petition for custody of S. in the Indian
court and an application to restrain wife from leaving India with S. Husband then returned alone to New York.

According to wife, husband abandoned wife and six-month-old S. in New Delhi without financial support, taking with him wife’s United States residency documents, her Indian passport, and S.’s United States passport."