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Thak you for your reply and I have noted the birth registration information. However I would be grateful if you would expand your reply to answer the following concerns:-
a) What are the legal implications of the baby being born in Italy v England? (I am a retired uk citizen living in Puglia Italy and it is a possibilty that my daughter may have to come to live with me) We would not want to complicate matters by the baby being born in the wrong country
b) My daughter (in an ideal world) would like the father to be part of the baby's life. However she is worried that if she allows this he will want to take the child to Sicily to visit his parents (a very natural thing to do) but my daughter's concerns are that he will not return the baby to her and would want the baby to be raised by his family in Sicily. ( He has become very possessive, dictatorial and aggressive lately as major differences in family culture have been highlighted). What can my daughter do to limit this possibility whilst trying to be fair?
my advice would be to ensure that the baby is born and registered in the uk and that your daughter ensures that she and the baby spend sufficient time here to ensure that the uk is seen as the country of domicile
this means that it will be an english court that determines and issues involiving residence and contact
provided that she does not name the father on the birth certificate he will not get automatic parental responsibility which will ensure that should he take the child from yoru daughter the police will be able to assist her in recovering the baby
so far as contact is concerned the law will expect the father to have regular contact with the baby away from your daughter and it would be sensible to agree a pattern as soon as possible - but clearly such safeguards as keeping the childs passport will have to be considered
in the event that the child was taken your daughter can make an application to the court for the return of the child to the uk and under the terms of the hague convention this should be successful
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Thank you for your reply it is most helpful. Hopefully to be forearmed will ensure minimal problms for my daughter and a happy life for the baby. Thank you
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