The case related to two young boys who had lived in the United States but were removed to Finland by their mother.
The father brought return proceedings and on 10 September 1997 the Supreme Court of Finland ordered the boys return. However, that order was not enforced and the mother brought substantive custody proceedings in Finland.
First the J??ms?? District Court granted custody to the mother, then on 17 June 1998 the Vassa Court of Appeal upheld that decision. On 19 August 1998 the Supreme Court granted the father leave to appeal against these decisions.