Child custody cases that involve two or more countries can be some of the saddest and most complicated of legal matters for all involved parties, according to The National Conversation.

While most custody cases are, in theory, supposed to be resolved in the best interest of the child, international cases can differ due to the many different laws that exist all over the world, the news source reported.

The case of Christopher Dahm provides a useful example of the difference in laws.

Dahm was trying to get custody of his child back when his Belgian-American wife fled with their child to the United Arab Emirates, a country without an extradition treaty with the U.S. Due to this development, his efforts were defeated by an international loophole, according to The National.

Japanese leaders have recently made a move towards an agreement with the U.S. over child custody law, as the lawmakers in that nation have expressed interest in joining an international agreement that has been signed by the other members of the Group of Seven, The Wall Street Journal reported.

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