Sometimes life offers you surprises. A father who sued a mother for stealing their child and moving to Russia had just learned that he made a fatal mistake. He filed a petition in new york to have the mother immediately return the child. The mother did not. He then asked the court for custody in of the child and the court issued an order of custody. All he had to do was to hand the mother the custody paper.
However by the time the father handed the custody order to the mother in Russia, the mother filed for a divorce and custody in Russia. The father appeared in Russia by his lawyer to fight the divorce but he lost.
Before the court in New York issued a final custody decision to the father in New York the Russian court issued the custody decision to the mother in Russia.
Guess what? The American court lost jurisdiction, was the decision if the New York judge. The case is closed.