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  1. Congratulations. This is further conformation about how extraordinary interested in the child's well being the Thai family courts are, regardless of whether you're a foreigner or not. I think you must also have made an extraordinary good impression on the court for them to decide that it's beneficial for your your daughter to live with you all the time like that when you're off work.
  2. I don't know what things were tried, but do know the girl had a private teacher coming to teach her a few times a week. Not enough I guess. Another parent was also warned about their daughter in grade three, and the father worked more with her on homework and it became ok. Felt sad for the girl when I heard it, but she looked like she was doing ok anyway. I don't think "pay again" had anything to do with it, and it sounds like a ridiculous thing to even think at that time, with 10+ more years to go anyway. It's even more ridiculous considering you first said they will not fail you, and next when someone tells you they will fail you, you postulate that it is so they can get paid for an extra year. Was logic and reason not a subject at your school? Or did you attend one of those school you talk about, where they will never fail you?
  3. My daughter's class mate at an international school did not progress to grade three, but had to do grade two again. So not sure what bubble it is you're popping. I'm sure there are some really good Thai schools, considerably better than the international school I refer too, and I'm equally sure that most of us common farangs would neither know where to find such schools, nor have a child talented and hard-working enough to get admitted into that school.
  4. Ignore the people here telling you to not ask questions on the forum here and "just go talk to a lawyer" instead. You need to read the forum to have any idea of whether the lawyer you talk to has half a clue or not. My experience with lawyers here is not good. On the other hand, there are a few knowledgeable people here on the forum. Some very knowledgeable. I recommend contacting this woman (a translator) whose business card I attach, and the lawyer she works with, Mr. Terd. They are both based in Korat, which is some hours away from Bangkok by car, but unless you get other trustworthy recommendations for local lawyers, I would recommend to not let that small distance bother you. If you are in Bangkok, they are much closer to you than they were to me, and I still found it worthwhile to have them fly to the city I was in with all the extra expenses that entailed. I'd say changing to this team, even if already half-way through a somewhat similar court case, and already with what I think was half-decent lawyer relatively to most others, was the smartest thing I did and I am happy to recommend them.
  5. That's it? Does not sound helpful at all. I too am curious what the answer to the OP's question is. If you search for older posts by another poster here (MikeyIdea), you will find information about the procedure. If I remember correctly there may unfortunately be quite a bit of work and time involved if a mother refuses to follow the court order. I suggest reading his old posts, and use what he says to validate what your lawyer tells you. And for others who may want to know, please post an update here regarding what you find out too.
  6. Sounds like the mother is spinning a fairy tale. I think the information reported by the media, about the father not allowing her to travel abroad with the child (which may or may not have been warranted), but the mother still taking the child abroad without permission, and then not giving the father any way to contact the child or knowing how his son is, sounds more plausible. Had the father thought the mother would return with his son soon, he may not have taken the action he did. As it was, it seems he had no way of knowing if that woman would ever come back with his son, and thus acted how he did. In hindsight, the shit really hit the fan for him and this other fella helping him and I'm sure they would have done things differently. I'm not sure exactly what charges are holding the father and the other gentleman in prison, but I think it's a sure thing that the charges are brought on by the mother, as afaik, she's the only one who can claim there was anything illegal in what the father did. I think it's also a good bet that the reason they are still in prison is that the mother is refusing to drop the charges.
  7. Pardon me, but I do not think that leaving one's 18 month old daughter with an "alcoholic and drug addict" for 10 years is a good example of "doing the right thing". It may be an example many other things, but I can't think of anything that would have the slightest positive conation. Unfortunately I'm nowhere near the prison these gentlemen are staying, but if I were, and from what I've read of the story, I'd feel inclined to drop by and see if there was anything I could do to make their stay a little easier on a day to day basis. I think it would be good if some TV members in the area could do so.
  8. No, they could not. It is not illegal to travel abroad with a child you have shared custody over. It only becomes illegal if another guardian, also with shared custody, reports to the police that she does not consent to you traveling abroad with your child.
  9. And pray tell, who in this world do you think can accuse Mr. Smith of "criminal abduction" of his own child, if not the child's other custodian, the mother?
  10. BBC is wrong. The other parts I believe are more or less correct. Like some others I think there must be a bit more to this than just the father trying to leave Thailand with his son as normal, then being caught in a random spot check during passport control. I don't feel the need to insinuate anything bad about the guy who apparently tried to help the father though, as some here do (not you). Also because there are simpler explanations Were the father to simply lack permission from the mother upon departure, which Thailand immigration does spot checks on, by all accounts I've read he would simply have been turned away together with his son, with nothing more happening. "Get the permission paper and come back next day, thank you." I at one time tried to get a qualified answer for how long it would take from the time one parent tried to report the other parent without permission leaving Thailand with a child the departing parent had shared custody over, till the departing parent would face trouble at the border. I did not get any reliable answer, but from what I guess happened here, the Thai authorities move fast in cases like this. And the mother must have know what to do and who to call too. My sympathies to the father. With better luck, this all might have gone very different for him and his son. While his, as I understand it, verdict for full custody in the UK will not mean much in Thailand (because Thailand has not signed the Hague convention of 1996, only the one of 1980 regulating child abduction), possibly a good lawyer could use it as mitigating evidence of some sort. I can recommend one for cases like this.
  11. According to who? This article from 2012 references Thailand as a signatory to the convention: http://www.thailawforum.com/blog/girl-returned-to-mother-after-thailand-abduction This says Thailand signed in 2002: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hague_Convention_on_the_Civil_Aspects_of_International_Child_Abduction
  12. Nonsense. Here is a list of the countries who have signed the Hague convention regarding child abduction: https://www.ag.gov.au/FamiliesAndMarriage/Families/InternationalFamilyLaw/Pages/HagueConventionOnTheCivilAspectsOfInternationalChildAbduction.aspx Yes. Thailand is on the list.
  13. There is no reason to wonder about that for those who read the article linked: "As soon as Joleon saw his dad he asked to go home as he didn’t want to stay there. So they entered the house just to get Joleon’s passport."
  14. I believe the only rights you would have to get your child back would be those rights you could enforce under what is called the Hague convention regarding child abduction. This would involve you contacting the British authorities documenting to them that the child was domiciled in the UK until mother without permission took them to Thailand and is now refusing to return them home (the place they were domiciled). The British authorities would then contact the Thai authorities, requesting the Thai authorities do what is necessary to return the children. The Thai authorities would then be required to make sure the children are returned, if the Thai authorities can find the mother and child, and if the mother does not successfully fight the request in the Thai courts. I'm not sure how much effort the Thai authorities would put into tracking down the mother and child, and then returning the child by force. Sounds complicated and risky, does it not? As the first reply indicated: keep your child's passport safe and do whatever you need to do to prevent the child from leaving the UK.