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Charalambous v. Charalambous

United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
627 F.3d 462 (1st Cir. 2010)


Savvas Charalambous (plaintiff) was a citizen of Cyprus, and Elizabeth Charalambous (defendant) was a citizen of the United States. Savvas and Elizabeth were married and lived in Cyprus. The Charalambouses had two children. Elizabeth took the children to Maine to visit her family, but never returned with the children to Cyprus. When it became clear that Elizabeth did not intend to return with the children, Savvas filed a petition under the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction (the Convention), seeking an order requiring the children’s return to Cyprus. At trial, Elizabeth presented evidence that she had been verbally abused by Savvas and physically abused by Savvas on one occasion. The children did not witness any of this abuse. Elizabeth stated that she would not return to Cyprus due to her own fears. The district court ordered the children’s return to Cyprus, finding no grave risk of physical or psychological harm to the children if they were returned. Elizabeth appealed.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Per curiam)

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