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When Your Ex Emigrates With Your Children

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Children Abroad Wrongfully Removed

The modern world is getting smaller, with more and more people living and working abroad. It's no surprise that the number of international families is on the increase but what happens to the kids when these relationships break down and the mother wishes to return to their home country with the child? What rights does the father have?

Your Rights

If both parents have parental responsibility for a child it is a criminal offence in the UK to emigrate with a child without the permission of the other parent or without an order of the Court. Parents have Parental Responsibility for children in the following circumstances:

  1. The Mother - always has PR
  2. The Father - if he was married to the Mother, or if he was named on the birth certificate and the child was born after 1st December 2003 or if there is a PR agreement stamped by the Court

Outcomes

There are 4 outcomes if one parent wants to take the child abroad to live permanently:-
  1. Permission refused by the Court and the Mother abandons her plans or the child moves to live with the Father
  2. The Mother and child emigrate with the Father'sagreement
  3. Lawful removal of the child by the Mother
  4. Unlawful removal of the child by the Mother

Outcome 1 is self-explanatory but let's looks at the other 3 outcomes in more detail:

Outcome 2 - Emigrate with Father's Agreement

Where the parents reach an agreement which permits one parent to move abroad with the child whist ensuring that they maintain a good relationship with the other parent. International travel is much cheaper and often parents agree a schedule of annual contact involving return trips to the UK in the school holidays and weekends and visits by the non-resident parent to the child's new home. Other forms of contact can be agreed upon such as Skype, telephone, email and Face time.

In these circumstances it is always wise to apply to the Court to request an order in the agreed terms to prevent any problems further down the line. A court order may also be required by the immigration authorities if the proposed move is by a non-national who requires a Visa. Depending upon the Country where the child is going to be residing, it may be necessary to obtain a mirror order in the new state reflecting the terms of the English Court order. You cannot assume that Court Orders made here are enforceable abroad. If the move is to an EU country the order would be directly enforceable but unless the English court order expressly retains jurisdiction, it will pass to the new state after 3 months and in theory an application could be made in the new state to vary the agreed terms. If the new home is a signatory to the Hague Convention, the Central Authority in London can assist in enforcing a contact order abroad. If the new home is outside the EU and is not a signatory to the Hague Convention, for example Arab States and the Far East, retaining jurisdiction here or obtaining a mirror order is the best form of protection.

Outcome 3 - Lawful Removal of Child

Where parents cannot agree it is necessary for the parent wishing to remove the child to apply to the Court for permission to do so. If permission is granted, contact will also be ordered. This will then result in the lawful removal of the child. Depending on the child's destination and whether that country would enforce the English Court order (as in EU Countries) it may be necessary to obtain a mirror order in the new home country to ensure contact is maintained. See above " 2 .Agreement"

Outcome 4 - Unlawful Removal of Child

Where parents cannot agree and the parent wishing to leave simply takes the child without permission, this is parental child abduction. It is a criminal offence to remove a child from the UK without the permission of the other parent or order of the court (save for where the parent has a residence order and removal is for less than 28 days). If you suspect that your child has been taken abroad you will need to access specialist legal advice immediately. In some cases it is possible to stop a child leaving the country by notifying the ports and airports who will place the child's details on a watch list. If the child has already left the UK, a lot will depend upon where they have gone and whether that country has an agreement with the UK to return wrongfully removed children. There are unfortunately circumstances where children are not returned which could result in the child losing its relationship with the other parent.

If you are separated from your child's mother and these issues arise for you it is important that you obtain specialist advice from a family lawyer with an international background which will enable you to consider the best way forward for you and for your child to ensure your relationship is maintained.

About the Author

This was a guest post written by Louise Halford, a family law Partner at Pannone LLP who specialises in child abduction.

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My wife and I have been separated since 2014. We have a 5 year old son who lives with her. We signed a custody agreement that allows her to live in Europe and USA as we all hold dual citizenship. Now she is planning to move to Japan for work. Can she do that without my permission?
Father - 17-Jan-17 @ 6:48 PM
I have been married for 9 years to an Australian, who has resided in the U.K for the last 15 years (she is dual nationality, Dutch & Australian).We have two children (3+7). Our marriage is breaking down and I think we are going to start divorce proceedings. My wife says she will re-locate to Australia where her family live, if this happens. Whilst I am not the primary are giver when I am not at home, (my wife does not work) I take care of all bills, school fees, family holidays etc and we have shared a family home for 10 years. My Children have a very strong support group in the U.K and we make yearly visits to Australia, which my children do enjoy very much I think my wife is already making plans to set wheels in motion to initiate proceedings, she keeps making comments about me being a bad dad etc Please advise if there are any immediate action I should take. KR.
Distraught - 7-Jan-17 @ 8:10 AM
Upsetdad - Your Question:
I have a 10 year old son who moved back to the UK in August this year with his mother who I gave permission to. She has now decided as I have a new relationship that I cannot speak to my son at all. She has blocked me on FaceTime, changed her landline telephone number and will not answer her mobile phone. Up until 3 weeks ago I spoke with my son everyday. I live abroad what can I do?

Our Response:
If your ex is refusing all negotiation, then you would have to seek legal advice regarding taking the matter to court to apply for a C100 contact order.
SeparatedDads - 5-Dec-16 @ 12:51 PM
I have a 10 year old son who moved back to the UK in August this year with his mother who I gave permission to.She has now decided as I have a new relationship that I cannot speak to my son at all.She has blocked me on FaceTime, changed her landline telephone number and will not answer her mobile phone.Up until 3 weeks ago I spoke with my son everyday.I live abroad what can I do?
Upsetdad - 4-Dec-16 @ 6:24 PM
Dickie - Your Question:
Hi I am a dad that has his son live with him permanently and has no contact with his mother due to his own feelings my son is 16 in february and takes his Gcse's in june I wish to emmigrate to New Zealand for work life and due to my age and to be honest for his future and experience! how does it stand woth the education system as now they are supposed to stay at school until 18 if live in the country but hopefully he would go to college n NZ.But although he doesnt speak to his mother she can stop this due to being his mother!so I have to take her to court to get her permission and she has the right to stop it to no advantage and will only push them further apart and can use the education as a tool!im 41

Our Response:
As the mother has parental responsibility, then regardless of whether your son sees her or not, you would still need her consent to take your son abroad. If his mother objects, then you would have to approach the court. However, the court is likely to opt in your favour if your son has not had a day-to-day relationship with his mother for some time. As your son is 16, his opinion regarding whether he wishes to emigrate will also be taken into consideration by the judge.
SeparatedDads - 29-Nov-16 @ 12:13 PM
Hi i am a dad that has his son live with him permanently and has no contact with his mother due to his own feelings my son is 16 in february and takes his Gcse's in june i wish to emmigrate to New Zealand for work life and due to my age and to be honest for his future and experience! how does it stand woth the education system as now they are supposed to stay at school until 18 if live in the country but hopefully he would go to college n NZ. But although he doesnt speak to his mother she can stop this due to being his mother! so i have to take her to court to get her permission and she has the right to stop it to no advantage and will only push them further apart and can use the education as a tool! im 41
Dickie - 28-Nov-16 @ 8:28 PM
Hello, I am a Pakistani, my husband is a European/Pakistan. I had arranged marriage with him.He was with me for 3 months, he got me pregnant and went back to Europe. He left me with his parents. I was suffering from domestic violence from my in-laws.So I went to my parents home and gave a birth to his child. After sometime he came to me and he said sorry for what happened and it will not happen again in the future. I went with him to his parent’s home and the level of domestic violence even increased because he was torturing me every day.I left his parent’s home and came back to my parent’s home. After sometime I called him and he said to me that I don’t want you and your child too.Its two years now and we don’t have any contacts. He is gone back to Europe and disappearing. I tried to find him but I couldn’t manage to get hold of him. I am unemployed and financially I am straggling to support my child. I was the one who sacrificed everything. I don't know where to start and who to approach. I wonder if you can help. Thank you!
support - 18-Nov-16 @ 11:31 PM
Eddie - Your Question:
Hello,this is my situation:my wife (british) took away our kids (1 an 3) to the U.K, we got married in Chile, I am a Chilean citizen. Today she lives in the U.K. with her mum, I am in Chile, I am trying to get to have a life with her and she after 2 months decided that I am no longer necesary in her life, so they kids don't need me either.I don't know what to do, I can just apply for residence in the U.K. just because I am the father of 2 british children, my wife would not help me either with the spousal visa.I am facing the fact that I have lost my children.I appreciate your help,thank you very much,Kind regards,Eddie.

Our Response:
I am very sorry to hear this. I'm afraid you cannot apply to live in the UK on the basis that you are the father of two children. You would have to organise a visa independently, if you can i.e a visitor visa or a work/study visa. Otherwise, your only alternative is to seek advice from an international family law solicitor regarding an application for access, but unfortunately this will be costly.
SeparatedDads - 17-Nov-16 @ 10:22 AM
Hello, this is my situation: my wife (british) took away our kids (1 an 3) to the U.K, we got married in Chile, I am a Chilean citizen. Today she lives in the U.K. with her mum, I am in Chile, I am trying to get to have a life with her and she after 2 months decided that I am no longer necesary in her life, so they kids don't need me either. I don't know what to do, I can just apply for residence in the U.K. just because I am the father of 2 british children, my wife would not help me either with the spousal visa. I am facing the fact that I have lost my children. I appreciate your help, thank you very much, Kind regards, Eddie.
Eddie - 16-Nov-16 @ 4:24 AM
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darren - 11-Nov-16 @ 7:08 PM
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darren - 11-Nov-16 @ 7:56 AM
Hi, I had a child in 2011 in the UK, I (father) hold dual nationality UK/Venezuela, the mother Venezuelan/Spanish. When the child was about 7month the mother took her to Venezuela, the trip was mean to be short and she stayed there ever since, as I also have links there I traveled since then once or twice a year to see my child, also I maintained regular skype contact, the mother never let me see the child other than her home where she lives with her mother, the child’s grand mother, for all this years I’ve been manipulated and blackmailed that I wont see my child again, from both, mother and grandma. The child now 5 ½ and me developed a very lovely and affectione relationship, thanks to all the efforts I made to maintain contact. On my last trip in December 2015 through Jaunuary 2016, and just after one week of being there, the mother acused me with the authorities of inappropriate sexual behavior and that sort against my own daughter. Since then, I havent have any contact and being stuck in a legal case in a country that its legal system its quite dysfunctional, to say the least. My legal team there, now have advised me acuse the mother here of abduction with the police, Im not talking about the Hague convention, just plain going to the police or authorities here and do so. The aim is to escalate this, so the case can move, and avoid the mover leave the country by flagging it on the Interpol or so. My question is, all I been told when contacting reunite etc (not about this last part) is that it is quite difficult to do anything now as more than 2 years have past. What can I do then? I just want access to my child. Pretty desperate, in a limbo.
robalo - 14-Oct-16 @ 6:04 PM
Upsetdad - Your Question:
I have 2 girls (9 &7) from previous relationship which ende 5 years ago. Since parting have lived around corner from mum, for 5 years have (by amicable agreement) looked after kids on alternate nights. 3 years ago met new partner, a German lady who was living in France. She quickly fell pregnant, moved to uk to live with me and we now have a 2 year old son. We have had huge problems recently, many of my doing. I returned from work a couple of days ago to find a note saying she has moved back to her parents in Germany, taking my son, and our relationship was over and she and my son was staying in Germany.do I have any legal rights, what should I do? I want a proper relationship with my son, I want him and his sisters (who are very loving and close to one another) to be able to spend proper time and grow up together.

Our Response:
If you have parental responsibility then your ex should have asked for consent to move away from the UK. Therefore, this is essentially 'abduction' and if you wish to pursue this you would need to seek legal advice.
SeparatedDads - 13-Sep-16 @ 2:24 PM
I have 2 girls (9 &7) from previous relationship which ende 5 years ago. Since parting have lived around corner from mum, for 5 years have (by amicable agreement) looked after kids on alternate nights. 3 years ago met new partner, a German lady who was living in France. She quickly fell pregnant, moved to uk to live with me and we now have a 2 year old son. We have had huge problems recently, many of my doing. I returned from work a couple of days ago to find a note saying she has moved back to her parents in Germany, taking my son, and our relationship was over and she and my son was staying in Germany.....do I have any legal rights, what should I do? I want a proper relationship with my son, I want him and his sisters (who are very loving and close to one another) to be able to spend proper time and grow up together.
Upsetdad - 13-Sep-16 @ 3:22 AM
No6 - Your Question:
Me and my family all live in the US. As we are slowly getting divorced, I told my children that I had plans to go back to live in England. We talked about visitations, travel back and forth US/UK, etc. My wife learned about that from them before I had a chance to tell her and is now furious. She took my kids' passports away and hid them somewhere. She has also warned me that she would never allow them to visit me in England because she "cannot trust me". Is she allowed to do that without court orders or anything from the state saying that she could?

Our Response:
You would have to take some legal advice in the US regarding this - but yes, she can try to prevent it. If your wife is against your children visiting you in the UK, then it's not her but you who would have to apply though court.
SeparatedDads - 22-Jul-16 @ 10:59 AM
Me and my family all live in the US. As we are slowly getting divorced, I told my children that I had plans to go back to live in England. We talked about visitations, travel back and forth US/UK, etc ... My wife learned about that from them before I had a chance to tell her and is now furious. She took my kids' passports away and hid them somewhere. She has also warned me that she would never allow them to visit me in England because she "cannot trust me". Is she allowed to do that without court orders or anything from the state saying that she could?
No6 - 20-Jul-16 @ 4:28 AM
Kate - Your Question:
I was living in Dublin with my partner he was abusive and controlling so I left to go on holiday to my family in Scotland taking my three children with me I don't want to go back because his abusive ways are getting worse both verbal any financial what can I do

Our Response:
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, your ex (if he has PR) can still seek the return of your children 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. Therefore, if you wish to stay in Scotland without consent, then I suggest before you make any decision, you take some professional legal advice.
SeparatedDads - 18-Jul-16 @ 10:34 AM
I was living in Dublin with my partner he was abusive and controlling so I left to go on holiday to my family in Scotland taking my three children with me I don't want to go back because his abusive ways are getting worse both verbal any financial what can I do
Kate - 17-Jul-16 @ 6:52 AM
My partners was married in the UK and his wife took their child and unborn to live in Australia without his knowledge or permission. It has been over 5 years now and she refuses him to have contact with them but expects child support. What is his rights with them please? Thank you
Zubes - 11-Jul-16 @ 1:40 PM
My partner was married in the UK and his wife left to live in Australia with his child and unborn without his permission. She refuses him contact with the children and expects child support. This has been over 5 years. What is his rights? Thankyou
Zubes - 11-Jul-16 @ 1:36 PM
Shazza - Your Question:
I have recent,y married and my husband is in the army. I want to relocate to cyorus with him where he is based st the minute. However I have 4 children from a previous relationship, I have spoken to their dad and he is happy for me to take the children as long as he can come out to see the children and we bring the children back to the uk to see him some times. I don't have a problem with this however I do not trust him. If I was to type a letter stating that he has giving permission for me to take the children to live over seas and that I will not stop him visiting the children and that we will also bring the children back to visit him and us both sign it would that be suffice if he later tried to say he hadn't gave permission. I would do 2 copies of the letter and we would sign both copies and then keep a copy each. Neither of us can afford solicitor fees so was hoping this would be a way round it. Any advice or where I can get an appropriate letter template would be appreciated. Thank you

Our Response:
Mediation may be the best option here, please see link: Mediation: What is it and is it For Me? here. This would ensure that both sides can come to a healthy agreement and make sure that all options are covered.
SeparatedDads - 30-Jun-16 @ 12:41 PM
I have recent,y married and my husband is in the army. I want to relocate to cyorus with him where he is based st the minute. However I have 4 children from a previous relationship, I have spoken to their dad and he is happy for me to take the children as long as he can come out to see the children and we bring the children back to the uk to see him some times. I don't have a problem with this however I do not trust him. If I was to type a letter stating that he has giving permission for me to take the children to live over seas and that I will not stop him visiting the children and that we will also bring the children back to visit him and us both sign it would that be suffice if he later tried to say he hadn't gave permission. I would do 2 copies of the letter and we would sign both copies and then keep a copy each. Neither of us can afford solicitor fees so was hoping this would be a way round it. Any advice or where I can get an appropriate letter template would be appreciated. Thank you
Shazza - 29-Jun-16 @ 9:05 PM
Abby - Your Question:
Hi, I'm looking for advise. I'm from the UK, came to Australia in2005 on my own but met an Irishman. We ended up having a baby in 2010 and since then I've wanted to go hone but he always convinced me to say a bit longer always promised we could go home. We stayed coz there was no work in uk at the tone of wanting to return. So we made a go of it here had another baby who has just turned 4. And got married 2 years ago. At xmas I went home for a holiday to return back to Australia and on the same day my husband leaves us. He cleaned the bank out and turned really nasty. He was smoking drugs and it literally sent him mad. It's been the worse 6 months of my life. I'm living a nightmare and now he's refusing to get me return back to UK to live. He's saying I have to stay here until girls are 18, I've waited so long to go home back to my home county and now he's refusing me that choice. I'm so scared, I just wat my family. My kids are extremely close to there uncles, aunts and cousins. I don't no what to do? I now I'll have to fight it was usual and I don't have the money and now I'm trapped.This guy I see now (husband) is nothing like the 1 I met 10 years ago.Any advise would be greatly appreciated

Our Response:
I am sorry to hear this and it must be very difficult for you at a time when you need your family. However, if you return home without his consent, it may be classed as abduction. Your only option is to get permission from the courts. If you do not have the money to pay the hefty solicitor's fees, you can self-litigate, please see link here. You may also get a reduction or fees waived on court applications if you are on a low income. Please also see link herewhich defines abduction. It really is better to get the matter sorted out before you leave than to suffer the repercussions of what could happen after.
SeparatedDads - 17-Jun-16 @ 12:55 PM
Hi, I'm looking for advise. I'm from the UK, came to Australia in2005 on my own but met an Irishman. We ended up having a baby in 2010 and since then I've wanted to go hone but he always convinced me to say a bit longer always promised we could go home. We stayed coz there was no work in uk at the tone of wanting to return. So we made a go of it here had another baby who has just turned 4. And got married 2 years ago. At xmas I went home for a holiday to return back to Australia and on the same day my husband leaves us. He cleaned the bank out and turned really nasty. He was smoking drugs and it literally sent him mad. It's been the worse 6 months of my life. I'm living a nightmare and now he's refusing to get me return back to UK to live. He's saying I have to stay here until girls are 18, I've waited so long to go home back to my home county and now he's refusing me that choice. I'm so scared, I just wat my family . My kids are extremely close to there uncles, aunts and cousins. I don't no what to do? I now I'll have to fight it was usual and I don't have the money and now I'm trapped. This guy I see now (husband) is nothing like the 1 I met 10 years ago. Any advise would be greatly appreciated
Abby - 16-Jun-16 @ 5:17 PM
J - Your Question:
My ex left my house with my 2 years old son, I went to mediation but she didn't turn up and I applied to the court to have contact with my son and when my ex got letter from the court she relocated to Scotland. Can someone help me on what I can do and if the court can do something about it since she moved to Scotland.

Our Response:
You would need to seek legal advice regarding this, as your ex should have asked your consent if you have PR. A court may be able to act to bring your ex and your child back to England, but you will have to pursue the matter quickly and once again through the courts.
SeparatedDads - 16-Jun-16 @ 2:53 PM
My ex left my house with my 2 years old son, I went to mediation but she didn't turn up and I appliedto the court to have contact with my son and when my ex got letter from the court she relocated to Scotland. Can someone help me on what I can do and if the court can do something about it since she moved to Scotland.
J - 16-Jun-16 @ 9:58 AM
Naida - Your Question:
Hello,I am a Filipina, my ex is European. He went here in the Philippines, got me pregnant, waited for the baby to be born, and left to go back to his country. We didn't have any issues until he started disappearing on us in December 2015, he left in September 2015. He would send 25 to 50 eur a month, only from January of this year. I didn't complain about it, because I am worried he might be needing money too. But recently, he hasn't returned my calls. He hasn't emailed nor has he sent us any text messages. I'm already looking at taking legal action for my 10 month old. Our daughter's name is under his. I am worried that one day he might use the money he sent us as a reason to get my child from me, or a proof that he is sending money (the money was never enough though) when I was the one who sacrificed everything. I don't know where to start and who to approach. I wonder if you can help. Thank you!

Our Response:
You can contact the Reciprocal Enforcement of Maintenance Orders (REMO) Unit via the link here as the Phillipines is listed under the UN as a reciprocal country, meaning you should be able to claim. I hope this helps.
SeparatedDads - 9-Jun-16 @ 2:37 PM
Hello, I am a Filipina, my ex is European. He went here in the Philippines, got me pregnant, waited for the baby to be born, and left to go back to his country. We didn't have any issues until he started disappearing on us in December 2015, he left in September 2015. He would send 25 to 50 eur a month, only from January of this year. I didn't complain about it, because I am worried he might be needing money too. But recently, he hasn't returned my calls. He hasn't emailed nor has he sent us any text messages. I'm already looking at taking legal action for my 10 month old. Our daughter's name is under his. I am worried that one day he might use the money he sent us as a reason to get my child from me, or a proof that he is sending money (the money was never enough though) when I was the one who sacrificed everything. I don't know where to start and who to approach. I wonder if you can help. Thank you!
Naida - 8-Jun-16 @ 11:42 PM
Shaun - Your Question:
Hi I have recently split up from my partnerAnd I have just heard she has gone back to her home town in Southern Ireland and taken our two children she is also pregnant with our third child I'm on the birth certificate and I'm going out of my mind what can I do I can understand that she wants to live near her family but she is saying I can only go there to vist them and she will not allow me to bring them to England to see there fsmily here I have been told I could go to police and have her returned but I'm trying to see both sides I just want to no that I can see my kids

Our Response:
I am sorry to hear this. If you have parental responsibility then your ex should have asked for your consent to move out of the area and if your consent was refused, she should have applied through the courts for permission. If you wish to further your parental responsibility rights then I suggest you seek legal advice regarding your options, as you may be able to apply for an order to request your ex to return to the UK. However, this can not be guaranteed as it is up to the court to decide what it thinks is in your children's best interests. I hope this helps.
SeparatedDads - 31-May-16 @ 2:29 PM
Hi I have recently split up from my partner And I have just heard she has gone back to her home town in Southern Ireland and taken our two children she is also pregnant with our third child I'm on the birth certificate and I'm going out of my mind what can I do I can understand that she wants to live near her family but she is saying I can only go there to vist them and she will not allow me to bring them to England to see there fsmily here I have been told I could go to police and have her returned but I'm trying to see both sides I just want to no that I can see my kids
Shaun - 31-May-16 @ 10:00 AM
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