Advice re overseas parents/access

(3 Posts)
tinkywinkyshandbag Fri 30-May-14 17:43:21

Hi, wanting some advice for a friend. She is British, met her husband at Uni and married him not long after, he was not British (lets say he was from Country A) but got a British passport as a result of the marriage. Both husband and wife moved abroad and lived for many years as expats in Country B. Lived the classic expat life, he was often away on business, she gave up her career to go with him, bring up the children etc. After 22 years of marriage he told her it was over, he has moved out and is living with another woman. She could not afford to live in Country C as a single woman so has moved back to the UK with their children. They are thrashing out the financial settlement between them, I think she will end up okay but not great. However the biggest issue is access to the kids. He is demanding among other things the right to regular overseas visits with the kids, not in the UK, he wants to be able to take them to anywhere in the world on holiday with him including country A. Friend has offered to take them to visit him in Country B but he is not keen on that idea. Does he have the right to do this?? Can he insist on the children going with him or is there any way she could stop him? The divorce is happening in Country B , should my friend be insisting on a divorce in the UK? I feel she should. Any other thoughts on this situation? The relationship has broken down to the point where he is refusing mediation, so that is not an option.

tinkywinkyshandbag Fri 30-May-14 17:44:37

Oh confused myself then - I meant to say she could not afford to stay in Country B as a single woman.

creativevoid Sat 07-Jun-14 21:09:52

Is there a reason she doesn't want the children to go to countryA. Or other parts of the world, for that matter? He is their father, so if he's prepared to come get them and there are no concerns about abduction or mistreatment I'm not sure what the problem is? I'm guessing from the length of the marriage that these are not young children?

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