United States Code
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The courts of the States and the United States district courts shall have concurrent original jurisdiction of actions arising under the Convention.
Any person seeking to initiate judicial proceedings under the Convention for the return of a child or for arrangements for organizing or securing the effective exercise of rights of access to a child may do so by commencing a civil action by filing a petition for the relief sought in any court which has jurisdiction of such action and which is authorized to exercise its jurisdiction in the place where the child is located at the time the petition is filed.
Notice of an action brought under subsection (b) shall be given in accordance with the applicable law governing notice in interstate child custody proceedings.
The court in which an action is brought under subsection (b) shall decide the case in accordance with the Convention.
Full faith and credit shall be accorded by the courts of the States and the courts of the United States to the judgment of any other such court ordering or denying the return of a child, pursuant to the Convention, in an action brought under this chapter.
The remedies established by the Convention and this chapter shall be in addition to remedies available under other laws or international agreements.