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Parental rights on traveling abroad if one parent is foreign

by Jan / Posted 22/07/2013 / Updated 25/07/2013

I am a South African National with permanent reisedence in UK. I was married to an english woman for 8 years and we had a child after the first 2 years. We are now divorced. All my family still live in South Africa and I would like to visit them with my child. As a couple we have visited South Africa before with my son so my ex knows my family well and my family have been here before. As the economy in South Africa is very bad it is not possible for them to travel here again and they are retired as well with not much money. My ex is refusing the visits in South Africa, I understand and know about abduction but as a caring parent i would never take my child from his mother and I have staued here for my childīs sake as I donīt want to leave him behind. I am an ex policeman and would never think of doing anything stupid and especially will not let my child go through such an event. What i would like to know is what my parental rights are in this case. I have always offered to give as much detail as possible on any overseas travels such as where we go, where we stay, phone contacts etc etc.

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