My 31 year old daughter was admitted to mental health unit under a TA. She has been diagnosed with paranoid

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Customer: My 31 year old daughter was admitted to mental health unit under a TA. She has been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia and meth induced Psychosis. She is about to be discharged in a few days. She has a 15 month old girl who is presently being looked after by her partners mother. The partner is also a meth user. We her parents would like to bring both my daughter and granddaughter back to New Zealand so we can care for them both here. Her partner has so far said he won't allow that.
JA: What steps have your daughter and granddaughter taken? Have they filed any papers in family court?
Customer: No they haven't as we have been told that family court process could take 2 years. We don't want to stop father from seeing her, we just feel we can help our daughter easier over here but she won't leave Australia without her daughter
JA: Have they talked to a lawyer about this yet?
Customer: Not yet. Still trying to negotiate with the partner
JA: Anything else you want the Lawyer to know before I connect you?
Customer: Just trying to find out our rights
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If the father will not consent to the child coming to New Zealand then you do not have any option but to apply to court, and there is no guarantee this will be successful. It just isnt at all easy to bring children across borders when one parent refuses consent. Certainly try to negotiate but if he gets stubborn there is no option but court

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