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Hi, I’m Lea and I will be assisting you with your query today.
I am very sorry to hear about your dilemma, but will do my best to provide you with advice and guidance on what to do next. Where you all habitually resident in England before you took yur daughter to Finland with you? When did you take her? Did you have the mother's consent to take the child out of England?
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So the mother gave you consent for a holiday and you kept the child and applied to court?
In that case you provided false information to the mother and as a result got her consent without her full knowledge- which means the consent is not valid. Taking a child without consent is child abduction - hence the English proceedings. In fact, the Finnish courts do not have jurisdiction as none of you were habitually resident there. The English courts have jurisdiction and you will be ordered to return the child.
Can I clarify anything in my response to you?
Were you, or were you not, living in England?
Did the mother's lawyer ask you to confirm the date of your return to England before you left?
From what you have said you were habitually resident in England and that the mother's solicitor specifically asked you to provide details of your return, and without that they would not agree to you taking the child.
On the basis of that the mother appears to have made an application for the child's return to England, and that is the hearing on Monday. You will need to appear at the court and the likely outcome is that you will be ordered to return the child. You can of course challenge the High Court's jurisdiction if you think you were habitually resident in Finland.
Let me know how it goes.
All the best.