- Sat Sep 15, 2012 11:35 am
Is the father of this baby an Aussie or a UK citizen?
If you are unmarried, then your child will have automatic UK citizen status, and be eligible for a Euro passport.
If all your family are in the UK, and you are not an Aussie resident, then I would seriously reccommend that you consider moving back to the UK so that your baby is born there ( support at home etc?). This then becomes then baby's permanent place of residency. You are free to travel to and from Australia, as UK citizens.
However, if your baby is born here, and you want to go 'home' to the UK, you will need permission from the dad to take baby out of the country, even if he is estranged. He will be able to prevent you from removing the child from this country.
So, work out what your priorities are from now, on, and whether you think you could have a workable relationship with the dad.
Personally, I think the family laws here atm as shite, but I do not know what the UK equivilant is atm. I'd be thinking a holiday back to old blighty is just the thing, to see if you could live there for acouple of years and estalish taht is baby's resient home, before making any further long term plans.
OR, you avhe baby ehre, and apply for permanent residency for your self o teh grounds that you avhe an aussie child ( esp if dad is an aussie) and get on with life here, with all teh dad issues that may or may not arise (if he buggered off with someone else, then he may want nothing to do with you UNTIL the Child support agency get involved, then he may or may not be a pain for you). He is either a shite or a coward, time will tell.
I wish you the very best of luck with your decisions, remember that hormones kick in and you will want life to be wonderful and you'll want this man to reappear and be the bestest daddy in the whole wide world if only he'd grow up a little etc etc, write down your thoughts and feelings - read yoru dairy often to remind yourself that it is up to YOU to do the best thing now.
Of course the other option, if you are not too far along, is to terminate / adopt, but that is a very very personal issue, and I will leave that up to you to debate.
I wish you all the best.