Suicide, kidnap and UK law

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I have decided to delete this message due to legal reasons.

Many thanks for the advice.



Edited 09/09/2010 15:13:40
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lostdad2002 (7 posts)
8/19/2010 9:02:07 PM
re: Suicide, kidnap and UK law   profile

I honestly can't answer your first two questions definitively but I would be very surprised if they can obtain a passport for your brother's daughter without her actually being present at the Japanese Immigration office to prove her identity. I might be wrong, but obtaining a passport "by proxy" seems very unlikely.

However, assuming somehow they could, then once your brother's daughter is taken to Japan, the Grandparents immediately become de facto guardians of this girl. Keyword being de facto. What I mean is : in actuality, they have full guardianship of her regardless of what the law says in the UK (Japan ignores laws from other countries in these matters).

It's not even like the UK where a custodian of a child has an obligation to allow visitation to the non-custodial parent - family courts will work to create a scenario where the non-custodial is phased out of the child's life by creating impractical visitation arrangements (half hour supevised visitation per 2 weeks in a restaurant or something so small and undignified) and they won't be enforced.

The one peice of legal advice to secure is about the passport. If it's not possible for the grandparents to get the girl a passport, then no problem. As far as I know, everyone needs a passport to travel internationally - even babies.

FRIJ recommends you also visit crn japan, who are fighting international abduction to Japan and working to assure children in Japan of meaningful contact with both parents regardless of marital status