Canadian mum must send kids to Holland

15th January 2007, Comments 0 comments

15 January 2007, AMSTERDAM — A Canadian mother has been ordered to send her children back to their father in the Netherlands before 31 January, after which a Dutch court will decide which parent should be given custody of the three children.

15 January 2007

AMSTERDAM — A Canadian mother has been ordered to send her children back to their father in the Netherlands before 31 January, after which a Dutch court will decide which parent should be given custody of the three children. 

International law obligates the mother, Lalena Laframboise, to let her children return to the Netherlands upon request of the father.

But the woman, of Calgary, fears that she will then lose parental authority over her daughters, aged 14, 12 and five, a local newspaper reported on Sunday.

The woman does not have enough money to hire a lawyer and she is concerned that the Dutch legal aid system will not support her because she is a Canadian national.

The mother took her children with her when she left Lekkerkerk in October 2005. The family had lived there for many years.

But at the time Laframboise left the Netherlands, her husband was living with his girlfriend and a new son in Rotterdam.

Laframboise claims her husband allowed her to leave with the children to Canada. He even brought the family to the airport to say goodbye. She was therefore surprised to receive legal papers nine months later.

The father denies he gave permission for the children to relocate with their mother to Canada, stressing in a sworn testimony that he only allowed them to go on holiday. 

The man claims his wife wants to punish him for the extramarital affair. He believes the children should return to the Netherlands, where they spent most of their life.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

Subject: Dutch news

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