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contact and child abduction

by phill schumacher / Posted 13/09/2009 / Updated 03/10/2009

Hello, please help assist if you can. My ex wife has taken my son to Spain to live forever and did not obtain consent from me or the family court. I was married to my ex at the time of my sons birth and his birth certificate lists me as his father. I registered his birth. He is 5 now and I lost contact with him when he was 6 months old. I went through the legal family law courts and involved cafcass etc and my ex wife allows me to see my son on four ocassions in the last month. During this contact my ex wife and my 18 year old daughter were present. 3 weeks ago my daughter called me to say that her mum had just completed on the sale of her home and had leased her hairdressing business and gave away all her furniture. My two daughters and I had no idea that my ex would commit such a despicable thing. My solicitor tells me that my ex will have commited a crime if she keeps my son out of the country for more than 30 days and my solicitor is currently seeking an emegency hearing. My contact with my son ended at 6 months due to harassment from my ex wife and a friend of hers. The friend was my new partners ex husband. My wife would let him know my new address whenever i moved because she got the address from my daughters. We have moved 6 times in 5 years from the north east to south coast. What is the likely outcome for contact? Do the courts have the teeth to get my son back? what is the liklihood of a conviction for my ex etc etc. Does anyone have experience of this kind? please help.

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