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Carlos, thank you for your response. I am not surprised to hear about your lack of success in serving process in Mexico, particularly in light of the State Department's Country Reports and the reports on non-compliance with the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspect of International Parental Abduction.

Sadly, the financial and emotional costs of parental abduction are so very high--for both the left-behind parent and also for the children.

Best to you, hoping for a good result for you and yours, Jeanne

Will have to take a look at that. We are still waiting to hear back on a service of process petition from 2009 that was made under the Hague Service Convention and delivered to the Mexican Central Authority per the guidelines published by Hague Permanent Bureau and the Mexican Secretary of Foreign Relations. Actually it's really not accurate to say we are waiting to hear back. We have long since given up on Mexico sending us back any response whatsoever and pursued other avenues.

It's been a while since I looked into this (2009) but I believe there was also a more recent Inter-American Convention on Service of Process from the OAS that Mexico is a party to. My personal impression from trying to serve a subpoena in Mexico was that going through the Inter-American Convention might be the more effective route (though iirc estimates for the turnaround time for that were like 12-24 months and the costs were much higher.)

Suffice to say, international service of process in Mexico can be very difficult and time consuming.

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