Mother brought action against father, seeking return of child to Columbia under the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction, as implemented by the International Child Abduction Remedies Act (ICARA). The United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts denied petition. Mother appealed. Held: (1) it was the shared intent and settled purpose of parties that child habitually reside in the United States, and (2) child had acclimatized to life in the United States by the date of her retention.
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