A. v. A.

INCADAT legal file Hague parental abduction

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The child, a boy, was 6 1/2 at the date of the alleged wrongful removal. The parents, both Argentinean nationals, were married in Argentina in 1992. The mother was originally from Israel. In 1997 the family moved to Israel.
In March 2001 the parents initiated divorce proceedings in Israel. On 5 May 2001 at a hearing before a Rabbinical Tribunal in Jerusalem both parties undertook not to take the child out of the country. The father handed over the child’s Israeli passport but he retained the child’s Argentinean passport.
It was the father’s case that he and the mother agreed at this time that were the security situation in Israel to worsen he would be allowed to remove the child from the country. On 11 May 2001 the father returned to Argentina. He claimed that on 24 May he became aware that the mother and child had been greatly disturbed by the violent events occurring in Israel and on 8 June he returned there.
On 10 June the father took the child to Argentina. The mother petitioned for the child’s return.