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Skype Used in Custody Case

August 30, 2011

A deported Mexican couple won back custody of their two U.S.-born daughters in part thanks to testimony given over Skype, an apparent first in a U.S. custody case.

Margarita Almaraz and Alfonso Mejia embraced their two daughters, Ashanti and Ashley, upon their arrival at the airport in Mexico City on Monday. The parents were deported from the U.S. in 2009 and could not get visas to appear in U.S. court for their daughters' custody hearings but were allowed to testify via Skype.