I am a U.S. citizen and married an Indonesian woman in the U.S. We have spent the past 8 years living overseas with our son.
My wife and I are getting divorced. She wants to move the children out of country to South America where she is originally from. We both are U.S. citizens along with our children.
My wife filed for divorce while we lived in Turkey. Along with the divorce she was granted sole custody of our two children who are both American citizens. I live in America again and wish to bring my children back home.
What rights do I have to dispute a foreign grant of custody? If my children re-enter the United States can I deny their mother the ability to take them out of the country again until a custody decision is made?
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Question: My ex-wife wants to take our three children to live in Mexico. They were all born in the U.S. I do not want them to go.
What are my legal rights in this?
The divorce decree does not specify anything about an international move. I’m not sure if this makes a difference, but she does have family in Mexico, including her new husband.