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Please do accept my apologies for my delay in responding to you today.
You hold parental responsibility for your daughter and therefore the mother simply is not able to take your daughter out of the jurisdcition 0f England and Wales without your permission or a court order if you do not provide permission.
If the mother was to do this then she could be charged with child abduction. If found guilty the mother could be sent to prision for up to 5 years. The law takes such matters very seriously.
I am concerned to note that you do not know when then intended move is. If you think the move is imminent then you need to be appplying to your local family court urgently for a Prohibited Steps Order.
You do this by completing this form:
If the matter is urgent call the court and tell them so. If you think that making the mother aware of your intention to apply for an order would mean that she would seek to leave quickly then you can ask the court to be heard in the first instance without notice to the mother.
There is a court fee of £215 but you may be eligible for a remission dependant on your circumstances.
Normally you are suppose to attend at medaiton before you can apply to court in children cases but in your circumstances whereby you do not know when the mother intends to leave and you believe that tipping her off my make her go sooner then you can seek an exemption on the form.
It may be when you apply to the court that the mother then makes a formal application to leave the jurisdiciton with your daughter. Please note that given the reent case law and the amount of care that you provide to your daughter then this would not be an easy application for the mother to make.
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