A Conservative MP has called for the UK to intervene in a US divorce.
Gavin Williamson, MP for South Staffordshire, wants to help a British woman living in California who has been told she cannot leave the state with her infant son until her divorce is complete.
The woman’s marriage to an American multimillionaire “fell apart” not long after the birth of their son, Williamson claims. Her husband then applied to a local court for orders which banned her from taking her son to the UK.
Speaking before Parliament, Williamson said that these court orders were “making it as difficult as possible for her to bring up her son in the way she wishes”. He added that the woman, who lived in Staffordshire before moving to California, was “desperate” to return home so that her family could meet the boy for the first time. At the moment, she is “away from her family and relies on their emotional support during this extremely difficult time”, he said.
The Tory MP then submitted a petition which urged the government and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to “press the issue [with the appropriate authorities in California] and get a resolution to the problem at the earliest possible stage”.
He claimed 154 of his constituents had signed the petition which seeks to help the woman “return to the United Kingdom with her son as soon as possible”.
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