Hi, again many thanks for your prompt answers to my questions a few days ago.
I have contacted the Irish Court Service and ascertained the right information and forms I need, to arrange a court hearing in the local court district, which my son now resides in Ireland.
I would really appreciate it if you could further clarify a number of issues in relation to consent to the move and also my parental responsibility.
Firstly, the mother of my son left the UK in a matter of 2 weeks in April 2012 to look after her very ill father. Verbal communication from the mother was made that the move was going to be for a short period of time only. At the time, due to her fathers illness, I felt it was insensitive and inappropriate to obtain a prohibitive steps order and a subsequent access order.
Under no circumstances was my consent given to a long term move and no written agreement or permission was ever signed by me.
As far as I am concerned, my child's mother left the UK on a temporary basis to look after a sick family member. No permanent move was ever discussed or agreed to. Continual requests from me for a return date have been made to the mother (approximately every 3 months) with no firm return date ever being given.
Also, I hold parental responsibility for my child as I am named on the birth certificate as the father. our UK .gov websites are not particularly informative I feel and I cannot obtain the right answer to my question.
Again, many many thanks.
Hi Clare, many thanks again for your answers. I understand that no action taken by me has caused my problem. What a choice to be faced with. Thanks again Neil