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Ouestions regarding international family law: Mother,

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Ouestions regarding international family law:
Mother, unmarried US citizen, is moving to France with French citizen father (fiancé)
Submitted: 1 month ago.
Category: Family Law
Expert:  Steven K. replied 1 month ago.

What exactly is your question?

Customer: replied 1 month ago.
Wedding postponed until after baby is born.
Will baby have dual citizenship? What rights does dual citizenship afford mother (our daughter) and child.
Will mother need permission/legal documents to leave France with her baby?
It appears that different EU countries have different laws regarding these matters. Regarding French law:
If they do not marry will our daughter and baby be able to return to US, in that case what are the father's rights?
If they dissolve their relationship and/or marry and then divorce, what international custody laws will we face.
Would it not be beneficial (safer, in our view) for the baby to be born in the US and then move to France?
Expert:  Steven K. replied 1 month ago.

1) A baby born abroad to one U.S. citizen parent can establish United States citizenship by proving that the citizen parent had been physically present in the U.S. or its territories for a period of at least five years at some time in his or her life prior to the birth, of which at least two years were after his or her 14th birthday.

2) Your daughter will need to register the birth and apply for proof of citizenship in order to establish citizenship. If this is not done by the child's 18th birthday, the child could lose the chance to establish U.S. citizenship.

3) If paternity is established, then both parents have equal rights to the child. The father can establish his relationship with the child by filing an Acknowledgment of Paternity (reconnaissance de paternité) declaring himself to be the child's father.

4) She may not be able to return with the baby if the father doesn't want her to. A court would have to decide whether she's allowed to return. Many airlines won't allow a parent to board an international flight with a minor child unless the parent has permission from the other parent, or a court order allowing her to do so.

5) The only benefit to the baby being born in the U.S. is easier establishment of U.S. citizenship.

6) In determining the practicalities concerning parental responsibility, the judge will take several elements into consideration, such as (Articles 373-2 and 373-11, CC):

Do you have any other questions?

  • The agreements previously entered into by the parents.

  • The feelings expressed by the child.

  • The ability of each parent to assume their duties and to respect the rights of the other.

  • The results of social and psychological investigations.

Customer: replied 1 month ago.
I just entered my ?s after paying $58. It did not send. Trying again
Expert:  Steven K. replied 1 month ago.

Do you see my response above?

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