Thank you for your response and for clarifying that for me.
Just to let you know that when a court grants a special guardianship order, that type of order does not remove the parental responsibility that the birth parents would have had but what it does do is give you superior parental responsibility thus allowing you to make the day to day decisions for your daughter.
What you are probably aware of, is that as her special guardians, should you want to move abroad then the permission of the birth parents is still required. (The mother will automatically have PR and the father may if he was named on the birth certificate, or if the birth parents were married, or if an order was made later granting him PR).
First step in relation to the move is to refer to family mediation. You have to do this otherwise the court will reject your application.
Google family mediation in your area and give them a call to self refer.
Mediation is independent and will try and help you reach agreement with the birth parents without the need for an application being made to court if they will agree.
If they won't engage in mediation or agreement cannot be reached then the mediator will sign the form that you need to apply to court.
The court form is the C100 Form and the court fee is £215 although you may be eligible for a reduction or remission depending upon your means.
You are asking the court for an order to allow you to permanently relocate to a different jurisdiction.
The court will ask Cafcass to prepare a report about the proposed move and whether it is in your daughter's best interests. The fact that the parents have had so little contact over the last 8 years will work in your favour.
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