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Child Custody

Child Custody in Thailand is one of the most sensitive issues comparative to other legal matters the handling of Child Custody matter requiring an experienced lawyer, one whom you can place trust in providing the entirety of facts of the case for case analysis and appropriate advice, which suits the specific needs of the case with the Child’s welfare at utmost priority. The reason that child custody is the most sensitive issue is because the laws regarding the child give power to the judges to make a decision affecting the child’s future through law should merely be a guideline for preparing the child’s future.

Even though the law states that legal parents should share joint child custody but in reality, the situation is complex with parents in disagreement over a child matter. 

How does Child Custody in Thailand work?

Legally, the parents shall exercise four parental powers over their child under Thai law (Civil and Commercial Code Article 1567);

  1. To determine the place of residence of the child;
  2. To punish the child in a reasonable manner for disciplinary purposes;
  3. To let the child do works as may be reasonable given their ability and condition in life; and
  4. To demand the return of the child from any persons who unlawful detains them.

How much is required for Child Support Payment in Thailand?

Thai law does not specify a specific amount of money to be paid towards child support. It would consider, on a case-by-case basis, factoring in the financial status of the parent. In some cases, child support can start from 3,000 – 50,000 THB per month per child.

How to deal with Child Abuse under Thai law?

Child abuse refers to situations where physical or psychological maltreatment and/or sexual or neglect of a child or children, especially by a parent or a caregiver, and includes any act or failure to act by a parent or a caregiver that results in actual or potential harm to a child and can occur in a child’s home, or in the organizations, schools, or communities the child interacts with. When you are faced with a child abuse situation, the most important thing is to find evidence and remove the child from the abusive situation as soon as possible. For example, if the father is abusive towards his own child, then the mother will need to file a police report against the father as soon as she comes to know of such abuse. The police will ask the mother to bring the child to receive medical attention and check-up at a government hospital to issue a medical report that will form part of the evidence.

Who can help when you face Domestic Violence?

Most foreign clients do not know which organization in Thailand can help and how or the relevant government body with authority to receive complaints or reports. The appropriate method to deal with Domestic Violence issues is to file a report to The Ministry of Social Development and Human Security in the province or locality you reside in. Domestic violence should not be tolerated in any setting and we would be most glad to assist where help is required to remove you from such harmful situations.

If you need to understand more, please do not hesitate to contact us.