I am in an abusive marriage and want to apply for divorce.
We have a very young child (a baby) together.
My husband has been previously physically abusive, although not lately. I have never reported him, but have photos of the bruises etc. He continues emotional and verbal abuse.
He has left us to take care of his 12 year old child (from a previous relationship) during the coronavirus outbreak and stopped paying towards the food for us, saying it's my responsibility. He never asked if we needed some help with shopping or otherwise, even though the online shopping isn't available, basically leaving us to struggle on our own.
He has expressed negative feelings towards the baby to other people, saying things like \"that's what she wanted\" when they congratulate him...
I have a dual nationality and wanted to apply for a second nationality for our child as well, so it's easier for us to travel when I want to see my family (there is a visa requirements for the country). They would need consent of both parents unless the PR is removed. I am afraid that once I apply for divorce,he won't agree to it and will be generally very difficult about anything.
Would it be possible to remove his parental responsibility? Or at least have prohibition orders preventing him from making certain decisions?
Removal of PR is very rare, and when is removed by a court it is due to extreme circumstances such as sexual abuse of that child by the father.
If you wish to travel outside of the UK, and your ex refuses to give his consent you can apply to court for a Specific Issue Order requesting that the court grants you leave (permission) to take the child abroad for holidays or visiting relatives. It is possible to request a blanket order that will remain in place until the child is 18, meaning you don't have to apply each time you wish to go abroad for a holiday or family visit.
Is it possible to apply for an order requesting his consent to the dual nationality instead? Has this ever been done?
Applying for a visa every time is not ideal, as we leave about 6 hrs away from the consulate and can't apply by post. So, it would involve at least 2 days trip to London every time, with the hotel expenses and all. Such costs aren't negligible for me.
Plus, I feel that it's not fair to deny the child this opportunity. I know that he can acquire the other nationality once he is 18, but the laws change all the time and who knows what they are going to be then.