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15 year old girl, separated parents, father won't allow her to travel overseas


spiritus 68 | 666  
16 Jul 2009 /  #1
My friend has a 15 yr old goddaughter in Poland who lives with her mother. The father never had anything to do with his daughter and moved to Australia some years ago.

The mother hasn't been able to get the father's parental rights struck off (for reasons I'm unsure of).

The father has promised a few times that he would see a notary in Australia but it's not really surprising that he's simply not bothered to do it.

The goddaughter would love to come to the UK for a short holiday but can't apply for a passport until both parents sign for her application, is this correct ?

She's too young for an ID card so is there anyway in which she can travel overseas ?
delphiandomine 88 | 18,858  
16 Jul 2009 /  #2
The only way would be through the court, as far as I'm aware?

Something isn't right if the court system won't allow it - he's left the country and has no contact, so it should be a formality. Maybe the mother doesn't want her to travel?
ZIMMY 6 | 1,601  
16 Jul 2009 /  #3
Rent the movie, "Taken".

The mother hasn't been able to get the father's parental rights struck off (for reasons I'm unsure of).

Aha, therein lies information you are not privy to.

Maybe the mother doesn't want her to travel?

Indeed, there is more to this than meets the eye.
niejestemcapita 2 | 561  
16 Jul 2009 /  #4
Maybe the mother doesn't want her to travel?

No, I know that under Polish law the father has to sign for a kid's passport. If he is willing, this can be done at the embassy in Australia.

I really don't think parental responsibility/rights can be "struck off"
ShelleyS 14 | 2,893  
16 Jul 2009 /  #5
I really don't think parental responsibility/rights can be "struck off"

He can relinquish his rights as a parent, thus giving sole custardy to the mother, therefore enabling her to take whatever action she has to with regards to her daughter without seeking permission off the father, or thats how it is in the UK.
Cardno85 31 | 976  
16 Jul 2009 /  #6
Does he still need to pay his CSS if they both agree to this?
ShelleyS 14 | 2,893  
16 Jul 2009 /  #7
Not sure...Probably ;0) Whilst he has no legal rights, he has a moral obligation to financially support the child
tomekcatkins 8 | 130  
16 Jul 2009 /  #8
Go to some legal office, inform yourself, get things done..........

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