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International children's law is dependent for its coherence on a web of principles, rules and approaches to the conflict of laws and jurisdictional principles which allow courts in different countries to take into account relationships created by law or by court decisions in other countries. Recent developments in the USA tend towards undermining the effort to maintain coherence, by restricting or even banning reference to foreign law or international law. In Texas, an initiative was directed specifically to the Family Code, with provisions that would have invited broader application than the traditional exception against foreign laws violating local public policy.
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The Red Book is the acknowledged authority on practice and procedure