Child’s habitual residence was Iowa at time of his allegedly wrongful retention in Iowa by his mother, as required to deny father’s petition, under International Child Abduction Remedies Act (ICARA), for transfer of his son to Israel for custody adjudication following parents’ divorce in Iowa, where, from perspective either of child or his parents, settled purpose of child’s move from Israel to Iowa for his mother to pursue her educational studies was to make child’s habitual residence Iowa, parents maintained no home in Israel after coming to Iowa, and father spent two months closing down his business in Israel before rejoining mother and child in Iowa.
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