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What is Abduction?

By: Abigail Taylor - Updated: 9 Dec 2018 | comments*Discuss
 
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Child abduction by a parent is rare, but stories have appeared in the news more regularly in recent times. The increase in travel availability, better links with foreign countries and introduction of low cost airlines means that cases where one parent takes a child on holiday and is pursued by the other parent on abduction charges are more common. To avoid any illegal activity and ensure you can relax and enjoy holidays with your child without wondering what court action will be waiting for you on your return or risking arrest, make sure you understand the law surrounding abduction.

What Does Abduction Mean?

According to the Child Abduction Act 1984:

"…a person connected with a child under the age of 16 commits an offence if he takes or sends a child outside of the United Kingdom without the appropriate consent."

This means that any situations in which you leave the UK with your child without official consent can be classed as abduction. There are two separate offences: one of removal, and one of keeping, according to the case of Foster v DPP [2005].

You are 'a person connected with a child' if you are their parent, guardian, or have a residence or contact order in respect of that child.

The 'appropriate consent' means the consent of the child's mother, father (if he has parental responsibility), guardian and any person who has a residence order or custody of the child. The amount of consent needed will depend upon your circumstances. Your right to take your child abroad will depend on the access you are granted too.

You do not however need any person's consent to remove a child under 16 from the United Kingdom for up to one month if you have a sole residence order in favour of the child.

It is however always best to discuss your plans with your former partner even if you do not need their consent. If they removed your children from the UK, even if it was just for a holiday, what would you think? Would you panic that they were gone forever? They do not have to agree to your plans, or even like them, but they are less likely to start misguided, but time-consuming court proceedings in the short time you are away if they know when you are going, and where. If you are able, you could even ask your children to keep in touch with their other parent whilst you are away (eg via a short telephone call or via skype or email).

"'Abduction' is a legal fiction because a parent cannot 'abduct' their own child. Although lawyers are keen to say that 'no law is gender bias' all too often the courts are willing to recognise this legal fiction when it applies to fathers and not so keen when mothers are the guilty party."

As detailed above, a parent can legally abduct their own child. It is true that it is not an offence for a mother to remove a child from the country without the consent of a father without parental responsibility. The same applies in reverse, though it is less common for mothers not to have parental responsibility as their name is automatically put on the child's birth certificate. Case law shows that it is however more common for women to commit child abduction than men, and the courts take a very hard line in these cases.

Can a Child be Abducted Within the UK?

Although the legal systems of some countries within the UK are distinctly different, (eg Scotland has different laws to England and Wales), all matters involving child movement are governed by the same laws. If you move your child within the UK, it cannot be classed as abduction, as long as you have Parental Responsibility. However if you decide to move within the UK, the other parent can still seek the return of your child through court proceedings.

In order to prevent the hassle of court proceedings, and potentially having to move back somewhere after a recent relocation, it is always best to notify your former partner of your intent to move. If they do not want you to move, they can instigate court proceedings in the form of a Prohibited Steps Order under section 8 of the Children Act 1989 to attempt to prevent this. Of course these court proceedings would still be a hassle, but surely it is better to deal with any potential problem before you move, rather than move and risk being told that you have to move back.

"Would like to know where I stand on my rights? My ex partner and mother of our 4yr old son has started a new relationship and is thinking of moving them down to Wales from Eastbourne, England. I'm against this as it would ruin the relationship between my son and I, please help."

If one partner moves with a child elsewhere in the UK, you can obtain their return if this results in a breach of any contact order. Under Part 1 of the Family Law Act 1986, a contact order is enforceable in any part of the United Kingdom once registered with the court (despite Scottish courts having a different legal system).

If you do not have a contact order in place, you can apply for one from the courts. Alternatively, if you already have parental responsibility, you can apply for a Prohibited Steps Order under Section 8 of the Children Act 1989. (You need to fill in form C100 (you can get a copy at here and pay a £200 court fee to apply).

Fathers with Parental Responsibility

Even if you both have parental responsibility, you have the right to take your child on holiday.

"I have split from ex whom I share 2 kids with, (2&4 years old). We weren't married but I have parental responsibility and want to take my 4 year old on holiday to Spain to see my parents. My ex doesn't like my parents and is refusing to give me consent to take my daughter. Is this reasonable grounds and do I have any rights?"

It is highly advisable that you seek the agreement of the mother before taking your trip, as it can be classed as abduction if all people with parental responsibility have not given consent. Taking your child out of the country without letting the mother know will also reflect badly on you in future legal proceedings, while aggravating the relationship between you and your child's mother. If the mother is unavailable to give consent, or if consent is being 'unreasonably withheld', then this consent does not need to be given.

You will not commit an offence under the Child Abduction Act 1984 if you remove the child:

  • a) In the belief that the other person has consented, or would consent if they were aware of all the relevant circumstances.
  • b) Having taken all reasonable steps to communicate with the other person but have been unable to communicate.
  • c) Following the other person unreasonably withholding consent.
If your former partner refuses to consent, you may take you child abroad on holiday. However ensure that you have proof to support one of the above defences (for example a copy of a letter sent by recorded delivery to your former partner informing them of the holiday, including when you go away, when you get back, and where you are going).

What if You Don't Have Parental Responsibility?

If you have not got parental responsibility, you have no right to take your child abroad at all. It can be classed as abduction as soon as you begin travelling with your child and you may face criminal prosecution. There are a number of offences you can be charged with, including child abduction, kidnapping and false imprisonment.

If your relationship with your former partner is good and you still want to take your child out of the UK, you must be granted permission by them to do so. Failure to obtain consent is a quick way to upset your former partner, which in turn may well cause your child distress.

The UK has signed both The Hague Convention on Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction 1980 and the European Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Decisions Concerning Custody of Children. These Acts allow signatory countries to take action to assist each other in returning children to their home country. They have had great success to date, finding and returning children abducted abroad in average in 11.5 weeks.

Applying to Move Abroad Permanently?

If your aim is to move permanently with your child to a foreign country and your other partner does not agree with the move, you will find some obstacles in your way. To be granted a move you must prove to a court that you have a reasonable and realistic plan which has the best interests of your child's welfare at heart. Obviously, if your plan involves taking your child to a country where contact with the mother will be limited, the child's welfare will be called into question.

The law will always try to consider the child's feeling in these situations, depending on age and understanding. Children over the age of 11 will normally have a deciding say in the relocation, while if a teenager expresses a wish to remain in the UK, it is very rare that a court will demand that they leave with the parent.

If wish to take your child abroad, either for a holiday or to live abroad, make sure that you keep the other parent informed. It is far better to work with the courts than against them, and being arrested abroad is never fun, even if you are later released without charge!

Check out the Separated Dads Forum... It's a great resource where you can ask for advice on topics including Child Access, Maintenance, CAFCASS, Fathers Rights, Court, Behaviour or simply to have a chat with other dads.

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My wife is an Indian national and went to Saudi on visit along with me. Her parents came up to my place and took her and my kids forcibly and were out of reach. I reported them to saudi authorities and they gave me complain report. UK high commision is just a useless crap that they didn't even allow me to meet official or give e help of any sort so i had to come back UK. I have been trying to get them back to UK as they are overstayer in saudi without access to medical or schooling and are in fragile condition.
mady - 9-Dec-18 @ 9:04 PM
Hi there, My wife and I split two years ago and recently told me that my son can’t stay overnight with me. This came about after I had an argument with her sister when she suggested that my two and a half year old son’s aggressive behaviour was a result of him staying with me. He stays with me once a fortnight. She’s now accusing me of taking recreational drugs and says I need to pass a drug test and get anger management (she and I partied when we first met 10 years ago, I’m 44 now and those days are long gone)before I can see my son again. What can I do? She’s deliberately trying to stop me from seeing him over Christmas. What are my rights as a father? How can I stop her from doing this?
Johnny - 22-Nov-18 @ 7:58 AM
In December the ex took our younger children and held them telling them daddy did not love them or want to see them, I messaged everyday asking to see them but all ignored this went on for six and a half weeks with out me or their other siblings seeing or having any contact with them, we then had mediation and an agreement was set up making me main carer for the children and this has been running fine till last week when the ex broke the agreement and again no contact for me or the other siblings, if this type of behaviour is not abduction then what is the name for it where by the children are held from seeing the other parent for no reason at all ??
Glowfish - 25-Oct-18 @ 8:34 PM
@LIlGaz.(your post stuck a cord with me )when you said your daughter ask why do you think you are my dad.i ask the same question to myself .and what I discovered was after all these years (I am not her dad )and for me to be carrying on the way I have been is ludicrous and out right stupidity on my behave .ha ha I bet my bottom dollar I had them rattled ha ha ha f ing beautiful loopy Lou ha ha .my x can change her daughters name and do what she wants gods truth be fun playing in internet land about been a (daddy) but in reality I am the furthest thing from a daddy that anybody could be i am officially retiring from( fantasy land).time to get back to reality and wake up boy( note self) .
Chris - 24-Oct-18 @ 10:05 PM
I don’t really know where to start, my ex has changed my daughters name I don’t know if this is by deed poll or just at school, when my ex asked me if she could take our daughter abroad I did say I would not give consent as I can’t trust her, so I never heard from her for next few months and was told they didn’t go abroad when I finally heard from her not my daughter, the last 3 years I’ve only been allowed to see my daughter twice a year birthday and Christmas, the last birthday my daughter asked me why do I think I’m her dad. Last year I also found out one of the hospital visits she claimed my daughter was taken in was a lie I phoned the hospital to see if she had been discharged yet but had no record of my daughter being there, and this year I have been told that a taxi driver made inappropriate comments to my little girl and that they were going to court soon, so today I rang the police station to find out more information and strangely they couldn’t find anything relating to this, so I asked for more information regarding this and got a reply telling me I shouldn’t of contacted them it’s not my place, which makes me question the truth in this. Is it wrong for me to feel concerned for my 5 yr old daughter if her mother is willing to lie about such an incident?
LilGaz - 24-Oct-18 @ 8:46 PM
I don’t really know where to start, my ex has changed my daughters name I don’t know if this is by deed poll or just at school, when my ex asked me if she could take our daughter abroad I did say I would not give consent as I can’t trust her, so I never heard from her for next few months and was told they didn’t go abroad when I finally heard from her not my daughter, the last 3 years I’ve only been allowed to see my daughter twice a year birthday and Christmas, the last birthday my daughter asked me why do I think I’m her dad. Last year I also found out one of the hospital visits she claimed my daughter was taken in was a lie I phoned the hospital to see if she had been discharged yet but had no record of my daughter being there, and this year I have been told that a taxi driver made inappropriate comments to my little girl and that they were going to court soon, so today I rang the police station to find out more information and strangely they couldn’t find anything relating to this, so I asked for more information regarding this and got a reply telling me I shouldn’t of contacted them it’s not my place, which makes me question the truth in this. Is it wrong for me to feel concerned for my 5 yr old daughter if her mother is willing to lie about such an incident?
LilGaz - 24-Oct-18 @ 8:23 PM
My partner has just applied to the family court to seek formal access to his daughter.During he last month he has on three occasions been to his ex partners house to see his daughter but the house is always in darkness with no sign of the mother or child.The mother does not answer her phone and has blocked him on all social media. He fears that the mother has returned to Poland, she is a Polish national, with his daughter without his consent or knowledge.How does he proceed with the family court application and what are his rights under UK law to find out where they have gone? Thank you
AL - 4-Sep-18 @ 11:34 AM
Klo - Your Question:
Hi. Me and my husband split 1 year ago. In may 2018 I asked him to sign for her passport as I wanted to take he to Italy to see see my parents. He didn’t sign for it. On July I left my daughter with my friend which is her babysitter as well. (She loves her) and as soon as I was back to England he took my daughter and he don’t want her to come back to me. What should I do? Help me please as I want my daughter back with me. Thanks

Our Response:
I am sorry to hear this. The link here , will help to answer your question. I hope the situation resolves itself soon.
SeparatedDads - 3-Sep-18 @ 12:35 PM
Hi. Me and my husband split 1 year ago. In may 2018 I asked him to sign for her passport as I wanted to take he to Italy to see see my parents. He didn’t sign for it. On July I left my daughter with my friend which is her babysitter as well. (She loves her) and as soon as I was back to England he took my daughter and he don’t want her to come back to me. What should I do? Help me please as I want my daughter back with me. Thanks
Klo - 1-Sep-18 @ 8:10 AM
Owens1673 - Your Question:
Hi there, my partner is from Poland and her childrwn were born there. For 10 years they have lived and the children educated in the UK. The father has said terrible things to the children and has also convinced them that they are going to live in Poland. The children have visited their grandparents in Poland, but now the father it seems wishes to keep them there. Although in the separation agreement its states the children could go to poland for a few weeks in the summer only. Is this still classes as abduction even if the children were born in Poland?

Our Response:
Yes, it is still classed as abduction if one parent keeps or takes the children to another country without the resident parent's authorisation.
SeparatedDads - 7-Aug-18 @ 11:30 AM
Hi there, my partner is from Poland and her childrwn were born there. For 10 years they have lived and the children educated in the UK. The father has said terrible things to the children and has also convinced them that they are going to live in Poland. The childrenhave visited their grandparents in Poland, but now the father it seems wishes to keep them there. Although in the separation agreement its states the children could go to poland for a few weeks in the summer only. Is this still classes as abduction even if the children were born in Poland?
Owens1673 - 5-Aug-18 @ 7:54 PM
Simon - Your Question:
Me and my ex partner had some problems between us and decided to break up. We have a 21 months old baby. She went to her country for holiday a few weeks ago. She's now refusing to come back to the UK. She says she and the baby is happy in their country, if you want to see the baby you can come for a day, see him and go back. I say to her, come to the UK, choose wherever you want to live, let's find a house for you and our baby. I'm ready to pay for the rent and all your expenses. She still says no. I'm not asking her to leave the baby with me. I know she takes care of the baby really well. So, I'm fine if my baby lives with his mum. But I want him to be in the UK as he will learn English and my language as well. But if he lives there I will not be able to communicate with him. We were talking about this for a few days now but we can't come to a decision as she doesn't want to come back to the UK. I want to take legal action against this if necessary. As far as I know this is child abduction as I didn't grant a written permission for her to take the baby out of the country and stay there forever.My questions are;Can I take legal action?If the case goes to the court do you think the court will decide in my favour?How long the whole process will take?How much will it cost?

Our Response:
I am sorry ot hear this. You can take legal action, as theoretically this is child abduction. The link here, should tell you all you need to know. We cannot state what the court will decide, how long the process will take or what the decision may be. Best of luck.
SeparatedDads - 2-Aug-18 @ 2:53 PM
Me and my ex partner had some problems between us and decided to break up. We have a 21 months old baby. She went to her country for holiday a few weeks ago. She's now refusing to come back to the UK. She says she and the baby is happy in their country, if you want to see the baby you can come for a day, see him and go back. I say to her, come to the UK, choose wherever you want to live, let's find a house for you and our baby. I'm ready to pay for the rent and all your expenses. She still says no. I'm not asking her to leave the baby with me. I know she takes care of the baby really well. So, I'm fine if my baby lives with his mum. But I want him to be in the UK as he will learn English and my language as well. But if he lives there I will not be able to communicate with him. We were talking about this for a few days now but we can't come to a decision as she doesn't want to come back to the UK. I want to take legal action against this if necessary. As far as I know this is child abduction as I didn't grant a written permission for her to take the baby out of the country and stay there forever. My questions are; Can I take legal action? If the case goes to the court do you think the court will decide in my favour? How long the whole process will take? How much will it cost?
Simon - 31-Jul-18 @ 3:50 PM
I would like surname removed to please thanks .
C.laurie - 6-May-18 @ 11:52 PM
My x was having a long affair with my (uncle and a roofer and countless one nighters) .and because of this I want nothing to do with my(daughter )and this is the reason I didn’t fight for rights .i (really tried) to change that but I (really can’tif some people thinks that’s wrong or weak or whatever I (don’t care)it’s my personality.but I know her( mother is a good mother )And looks after the children well.its on her that she didn’t want money .thanks and goodbye.
C.laurie - 6-May-18 @ 11:38 PM
I recently found out my husband had been having an affair with a friend of ours, we have two young children and live near his family in Edinburgh, I want to leave him and move with the kids closer to my family near Devon, but he is telling me I cant as he will take me to court if I take the kids away, I have no friends up here and whilst his family is close by, they are his family not mine and do not offer any real support. I know mentally I would be happier near my family but I don't want to drag the kids through a court preceding.I feel trapped up here. Is that true that I can't move back home with my kids?
louise - 5-May-18 @ 10:12 AM
My partner is divorced from his ex wife. They have an 11 year old daughter. Last summer she asked to take the girl to Thailand for Christmas and new year to visit her brother who lives out there. My partner consented and was sent a form for him to sign to say he was giving consent for her to go to Thailand with her mother. The child has her fathers name and the mothers passport was a different name. She was travelling with her older son from a previous relationship and her parents. When they arrived at the airport she was told it was not a good idea for her to fly to Thailand as 10 years earlier she had been imprisoned in a Thai jail for possessing a small amount of weed. Her parents paid the Thai mafia to get her released. She spent 4 months inside. Instead of informing my partner of the situation she went home and the children flew to Thailand with their grandparents for Xmas and new year. The children never told us about what happened until recently. My partner was livid that his daughter was able to leave the country with no consent from him(the form he signed stated that it was only for his ex wife) to this day she still has not disclosed this information to him. Although my partner does want to confront her about her actions...but he wants to know if any crime has been committed.
Pidge - 3-May-18 @ 11:30 PM
Molly - Your Question:
Me and my husband split up at Xmas we have bought met new partners.mine is in the army in Edinburgh he has been in the army for 10 years and can't move as yet.can I move with my two sons age 4 and 2.my 4th year old starts school in September so I need to move soon.where do I stand I live in North Devon Thank you

Our Response:
You would have to get permission to move from the other parent with parental responsibility. If your ex refuses, then you would have to either try to resolve the issues via mediation, or if this is not successful apply to court.
SeparatedDads - 5-Apr-18 @ 2:00 PM
Me and my husbandsplit up at Xmas we have bought met new partners .mine is in the army in Edinburgh he has been in the army for 10 years and can't move as yet .can I move with my two sons age 4 and 2 .my 4th year old starts school in Septemberso I need to move soon .where do I stand I live in North Devon Thank you
Molly - 4-Apr-18 @ 6:35 PM
We been married for 5 years. In December 2017 we had a fight and I verbally given my wife islamic divorce but in the eye of UK law we are still married but of coarse we can not live together again. After the divorce she has put some historic DV allegation on me and did the same, which is why we can not contact each other directly as the polices cases are still going on. Now, I have just learnt that she has sent our 4 years old son to Pakistan where she herself is still in UK. I have no idea with whom she have sent our son to Pakistan, or she took him to pakistan and came back immediate. In short, She didnt have my consent to take our son to Pakistan, neither she had child agreement or has been declared resident parent. I wanted to ask how I can take action against her and can it help me in any way with my child custody, because as much as I know my ex-wife she will not let me give his custody easily and has already applied for child maintenance. Please tell me all the options I should be aware of. Thanks
Atif - 13-Mar-18 @ 9:31 AM
We been married for 5 years. In December 2017 we had a fight and I verbally given my wife islamic divorce but in the eye of UK law we are still married but of coarse we can not live together again. After the divorce she has put some historic DV allegation on me and did the same, which is why we can not contact each other directly as the polices cases are still going on. Now, I have just learnt that she has sent our 4 years old son to Pakistan where she herself is still in UK. I have no idea with whom she have sent our son to Pakistan, or she took him to pakistan and came back immediate. In short, She didnt have my consent to take our son to Pakistan, neither she had child agreement or has been declared resident parent. I wanted to ask how I can take action against her and can it help me in any way with my child custody, because as much as I know my ex-wife she will not let me give his custody easily and has already applied for child maintenance. Please tell me all the options I should be aware of. Thanks
Atif - 13-Mar-18 @ 12:17 AM
D - Your Question:
I have a 13 year old son who lives about 200 miles away. I do not have parental responsibility and I am not on the birth certificate. He wants to live with me and he is desperately unhappy. if hr gets the train to stoo with me would I get into trouble, I know she wouldnt sign over any parental responsibility, what can I do? Ive told him to tell her how he feels but he says she will take his phone off him and punish him.

Our Response:
If you are not registered on the birth certificate as the father, then the police can intervene and return your child to his mother. Therefore, you will be sacrificing a lot for what would be very limited short-term gain. Little good will come of encouraging your son to take this route and in fact it could jeopardise your future access applications through court. Regardless of what your ex allows, your best option would be to apply for parental responsibility through the courts. Unless there is a good reason why you shouldn't be granted PR, it is likely the court would allow this, please see link here . However, PR does not determine access to your child and/or contact, or indeed residency. You would need to apply to court for these. If your son is aged 13, his opinion will be taken into consideration regarding where he would like to live. However, as in all cases, the court’s main concern is the welfare of the child in question. The court will always put the child’s best interests first and this main issue will determine the outcome of any application for an order. Trying to keep in mind what you think is in the best interests of your child should also be at the forefront of your own mind. If his home life is generally happy, then he may be best in the care of his mother. If there is good reason why you think your son should live with you, then you would have to be able to prove this to the courts. Please also see link here, which should help you further.
SeparatedDads - 5-Mar-18 @ 9:48 AM
I have a 13 year old son who lives about 200 miles away. I do not have parental responsibility and i am not on the birth certificate. He wants to live with me and he is desperately unhappy. if hr gets the train to stoo with me would i get into trouble, i know she wouldnt sign over any parental responsibility, what can i do? Ive told him to tell her how he feels but he says she will take his phone off him and punish him.
D - 4-Mar-18 @ 9:00 AM
Hi, I got married to a my ex partner who is a Bangladeshi national. I am a british born bangladeshi and have always lived in the UK all my life. After being in the country for 2 years she made false allegations of domestics against me for which i was first convicted for. However I was found not guilty at my appeal.We have a 2 year old son who she fled with when he was 2 months old.After he turned 1 she lets me have him over at home for upto a week at a time. Since then she sent me divorce papers and is now demanding i give her my passport number so she can get a passport for him and take him abroad. However I do not conse t this as she has already denied me and my son not to have any contact for over the 10 months and believe as soon as she gets him a passport she will flee again. But she is also threatening me that i wont see my son again if i dont give her my passport number. What do I do because i dont rhink I can take it if I loose my son again. We have both not got any court orders or child arrangment orders of any kind in place as me being able tohave contact with my son again was arranged through my own family contacting my ex. Also, if I was to give my passport number to her and she was to make a passport for my son, would she be given an indefinate leave to remain in the UK?
Jmiah - 10-Nov-17 @ 5:23 PM
Hi, I got married to a my ex partner who is a Bangladeshi national. I am a british born bangladeshi and have always lived in the UK all my life. After being in the country for 2 years she made false allegations of domestics against me for which i was first convicted for. However I was found not guilty at my appeal.We have a 2 year old son who she fled with when he was 2 months old.After he turned 1 she lets me have him over at home for upto a week at a time. Since then she sent me divorce papers and is now demanding i give her my passport number so she can get a passport for him and take him abroad. However I do not conse t this as she has already denied me and my son not to have any contact for over the 10 months and believe as soon as she gets him a passport she will flee again. But she is also threatening me that i wont see my son again if i dont give her my passport number. What do I do because i dont rhink I can take it if I loose my son again. We have both not got any court orders or child arrangment orders of any kind in place as me being able tohave contact with my son again was arranged through my own family contacting my ex. Also, if I was to give my passport number to her and she was to make a passport for my son, would she be given an indefinate leave to remain in the UK?
Jmiah - 10-Nov-17 @ 5:23 PM
Hi, I got married to a my ex partner who is a Bangladeshi national. I am a british born bangladeshi and have always lived in the UK all my life. After being in the country for 2 years she made false allegations of domestics against me for which i was first convicted for. However I was found not guilty at my appeal.We have a 2 year old son who she fled with when he was 2 months old.After he turned 1 she lets me have him over at home for upto a week at a time. Since then she sent me divorce papers and is now demanding i give her my passport number so she can get a passport for him and take him abroad. However I do not conse t this as she has already denied me and my son not to have any contact for over the 10 months and believe as soon as she gets him a passport she will flee again. But she is also threatening me that i wont see my son again if i dont give her my passport number. What do I do because i dont rhink I can take it if I loose my son again. We have both not got any court orders or child arrangment orders of any kind in place as me being able tohave contact with my son again was arranged through my own family contacting my ex. Also, if I was to give my passport number to her and she was to make a passport for my son, would she be given an indefinate leave to remain in the UK?
Jmiah - 10-Nov-17 @ 5:15 PM
danny - Your Question:
Hiya my ex never married has taking are son without my promission to spain from uk where he was born. issue being hes been gone 2 years.

Our Response:
If your ex has taken your child to another country, but you did not report this at the time, then you would have to seek legal advice to explore what your options are. However, it is highly unlikely a court would order that your ex brings your child back to the UK after such a long period of time. Your ex may be able to justify that your son is now settled in Spain with regards to schooling etc.
SeparatedDads - 2-Nov-17 @ 10:42 AM
hiya my ex never married has taking are son without my promission to spain from uk where he was born. issue being hes been gone 2 years.
danny - 1-Nov-17 @ 3:33 PM
Gary - Your Question:
My wife two young children and I were working and living in UAE full time as UAE residence she returned to the UK for summer holiday with my children then after a week in uk she called to tell me she is not coming back and keeping the children?

Our Response:
If your child been taken or kept overseas by their other parent or a relative without your permission, or if you are worried this might happen. The leaflet here will tell you what you can do and who to contact.
SeparatedDads - 1-Sep-17 @ 9:52 AM
My wife two young children and I were working and living in UAE full time as UAE residence she returned to the UK for summer holiday with my children then after a week in uk she called to tell me she is not coming back and keeping the children?
Gary - 31-Aug-17 @ 3:54 PM
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