Child returned under Hague Convention, now fighting Relocation case.:
How can you dictate where the mother should live if you can be sent away with the army at any time?
Rightly or wrongly, the child has been in the mother's care. Status quo holds weight.
Having been through a location myself, I just wish that the father had been more amenable to mediation instead of bullying me with a solicitor from the top end of town. I might not have relocated. Hell, he wouldn't even commit to regular fortnigthly weekend visits. What sort of rubbish is that.. I digress..
I'm assuming the mother has family support overseas to raise the child? In my experience as a single parent, family support in raising a child is without parallel.
As my child's father was only able/willing to spend time with her sporadically, and according to his whims, I feel it has been better for both of our welfare to have the family support we now have in our new location. Had we been forced to stay, I would've been alone in raising our child, with the added burden of the constant power games of the father and his new wife who wanted nothing to do with our daughter.
It sounds like you have no other ties, is it possible for you to relocate to be closer to your child? The joys of discovering and sharing a new culture with your child could really be a great experience to share. Perhaps the money you would otherwise continue lining solicitors' pockets with could be spent on time with your child?
Good luck with whatever road you choose.