The Courts are dealing with an increased number of applications by parents who wish to relocate to another country with their child or children. We are now becoming more mobile across national boundaries and mixed nationality relationships become more common.
This is a very complex area of law as this set of questions and answers aims to demonstrate.
If there is a Custody, care and control and access Order in your favour in respect of the child concerned, you may take the child out of Singapore for a temporary period e.g. a holiday less than one month. If you want to relocate to another country permanently, you must either:
You should instruct a family lawyer who will be able to give you detailed legal advice about the right to remove your child out of the jurisdiction and deal with the application.
If a child is taken out of Singapore without the agreement from everyone who has parental responsibility or the Court’s permission via a court order, this is technically known as “child abduction”. The non-custodial parent or person with Parental Responsibility may apply to the Court to have the child returned to Singapore.
If the country where the child has been taken to has signed The Hague Convention then the child will be returned to their country of residence. If the country where the child was taken has not signed The Hague Convention then any application will be dealt with in that country’s courts.