Thank you for your responses.
As you hold parental responsibility for your daughter, the mother simply is not able to take your daughter out of the jurisdcition of 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 prison for up to 5 years. The law takes such matters very seriously.
If the mother will not listen to you when you tell her that you do not provide your consent then you need to consider applying to your local family court urgently for a Prohibited Steps Order to prevent the mother from taking your daughter.
In the first instance you need to refer to family mediation before you can apply to court. This is a prerequiste before you can apply to court if the matter is not currently urgent. Family mediation will try and help you both agree a way forward.
If mediation is unsuccessful then the mediator will sign the form that you need to apply to court.
This is the form:
There is a court fee of £215 but you may be eligible for a remission dependant on your circumstances.
If the matter becomes urgent call the court and tell them so. If you think that the mother having become aware of your intention to apply for an order starts to make attempts to move then you can by pass mediation and go to court immediatlely. You can even ask for a hearing without her being notified in the first instance.
Normally you are suppose to attend at medaiton before you can apply to court in children cases but in 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 recent 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. Your concerns in respect of the mothers choice to move seem justified to me and the court will take this serioulsy when deciding if a move is in your daughters best interests.
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