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One of the most complex legal areas is family law regarding having children with someone in another country. Family reconnecting is an area of law that is not as well developed in the global sphere and so, each country has its own set of rights and laws. For example, if you are an American and you have a child with your boyfriend or girlfriend in France, what kind of rights do you have to bring your child home and or your partner? It’s a grey area with lots of potholes and unsuspecting traps. The question thus arises, is it really wise to have or grow a family this way?
No one is perfect
The bottom line is, life is complicated. If you feel it’s right to have more children or a new child with someone who you love in another country, then this is right for you. They may be a great person, work full-time and bring in a great income. They may help you with the bills and pay for the child’s clothes, etc. The only thing is you’re separated by a set of laws and a border. However, countries and politicians know this, and they understand the need for families to be reconnected. That is why often, there is not necessarily a need for the partner who is arriving to be economically apt to the country. In other words, the normal employment laws for foreigners may not apply.
You have help
Okay so it’s not an ideal situation, but you have plenty of help to sort the situation out. If you hire a immigration solicitor they can help you to make a case for your child, partner, or spouse to come to the country. However, they will make a good case, getting ready for some employment opportunities, doing a background search of their criminal record to show they are within the law and a whole host of other things. An immigration legal expert is going to be aware of the latest changes in law. These laws may be so new that even workers in large government services might not be fully aware of how they are to be implemented. So hiring a legal team is your best bet.
Citizenship by birth
Depending on the laws of the country, where your child is born is where they will become a citizen. Of course if you are an American and you give birth to a child in Panama, this doesn’t mean your child is not an American. It really depends on the registration laws of your country. If your child is born in another country and is not returned home with you, this could affect their citizenship rights. So it’s best to always give birth in the country in which you live or are a citizen of. So be careful when you’re growing your family with someone who is not a citizen.
Life is complex and will never be straightforward. If you really can’t help who you have fallen in love with, when you grow your family, then at least you always have legal help to reconnect families.
Hi, I’m Louise- mum of one to a little boy called Mason.
I am the Digital Marketing and Admin Assistant for MyBump2Baby.
I enjoy working to provide excellent service to MyBump2Baby’s growing families.
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