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"HOLIDAY" to Rep of Ireland

by Heidi B / Posted 02/11/2016 / Updated 09/11/2016

Hi everyone,
My estranged husband has taken our two children (11 and 9 years of age) over to his native Ireland from Australia for a "holiday" and was supposed to return on the third of October but has not. I have no idea if he intends to bring the kids home. I speak to them every night on the phone and I know that they are safe and being looked after, but I miss them so much, and am beside myself with worry. I probably should never have agreed to this holiday but at the time I thought it was the right thing to do.
He keeps saying that he will return to Australia when he has enough money, so I tried to call his bluff by offering to pay for new tickets but he brushed me off, saying that he doesn´t think he will receive enough support over here, which is rubbish as my family and I have (and continue to) payed his bills, bought his food, payed his rent, covered the kids´ school fees, activity fees etc. He is long term unemployed. We do not have any custody orders in place, just a verbal agreement that he is the primary carer, while I have them every weekend and whenever I can during the week. In reality, they spend a lot more time with me than this. This was only ever meant to be temporary, and before they left for Ireland both the children were saying that they wanted to come back and live with me again, once I find the right house.
I desperately want my kids back. Is there anyone in a similar situation? Does anybody have any advice?

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