Court of First Instance of Agrinio (_________ ___________ ________), decision 340, 31 March 2009

INCADAT legal file Hague parental abduction

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The parents married in Greece where they subsequently had two children. The family lived in Greece. The parents subsequently experienced problems in their relationship and in 2006 the mother moved to Sweden with the children.
In Sweden, the child to which the proceedings pertained, was enrolled in primary school and was entered on the population register. The father was informed by the mother of the situation, and visited the children and his wife in Sweden periodically.
The parents decided that one of their daughters would visit the father and relatives in Greece during the summer vacation of 2008. The child arrived in Greece in mid-July and was scheduled to return on a specific date mid-August. The child objected the return on that date. Subsequently, the father informed the mother and issued a ticket for the return of the child a few days later. The child objected again the return.
Following this, the child remained in Greece, without the consent of the mother, who had custody over the child. The mother subsequently initiated proceedings before the District Court of Sodertorn and was officially awarded custody of the children. The mother petitioned the return of the child under the 1980 Hague Child Abduction Convention.