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Hi, I’m Lea and I will be assisting you with your query today.
I am sorry to hear about the difficulties you are facing. Can you explain a bit more about what has happened. Yousay your daughter is seeking to go to court in the Netherlands, for what? You also state thatyou have received a letter about mediation - who wants to mediate and for what purpose?
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As you have not responded to my request for additional information, I can only give you a general answer. If you need clarification, please do ask.
If you and the other parent cannot agree on what should happen to your child, it is logical to attend mediation to see if the mediator can assist you with coming to an agreement. If an agreement cannot be reached, then one of you will need to apply to court for a child arrangements order. It would appear, as you refer to 'full custody', that there might already be a child arrangements orderin place for the child to live with you. Either way, if there remains a dispute regarding the child and you cannot reach agreement together or with the help of a mediator, then court is the next step.
Please do provide additional information if this does not answer your query.
If the child and you are habitually resident in the UK then it is the UK courts (whichever country in the UK you are in) which will have jurisdiction to make decisions.
If he is in fact her father and goes to court in the UK, then he will be very likely to get an order to that effect, and can then apply to have the birth certificate amended to reflect his status. He will then have the same parental responsibility as you do.
If he cannot come into the UK, he will need to instruct a solicitor in the UK to make the applications for him, but him not being in the country will not be a bar to him making the application he needs to do here, and it is very possible he will be permitted to attend hearings remotely or via his solicitor.
It wouldbe a matter for the court to decide on what type, if any, contact would take place. It is most likely it would be by phone and letter.
You're very welcome.
I hope things turn out well for you.
All the best.