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Child Custody in Thailand

Child custody disputes between parents can arise in the course of a divorce case, or between unmarried parents.

Under Thailand law, both parents of a child have full custodial rights. However, legal issues often surround the finding of paternity. In other words, Thailand law requires that a father be the “legal” parent.

Child Custody in Thailand

Father’s Rights Issue

According to Thai tradition, the father in the family has more power than the mother. On the other hand the father is the leader in the family so many cases have, as a main issue, the establishment of legal paternity. Cases can be filed by a biological father seeking father’s rights, or by a mother, seeking child support and other duties from the biological father.


Child Custody Cases

Child custody cases are handled in Thailand Family courts. The main consideration used by the courts in determining custody is what is in the best interest of the child. Accordingly, the behavior of the parents and child development issues are analysed closely by the Thai court.


The Role of Social Worker Analysis

The Observation and Protection Centre “OPC” has been established by the family courts of Thailand to allow for a preliminary social worker evaluation of the parents and the child involved in a child custody dispute. The report of the OPC is forwarded to the Family Court to assist with a determination of the child custody issues.

The following issues are just examples of the issues that can arise in a custody case:


Thailand litigation

Our lawyers have experience in family law matters, including child custody, child support, property and asset disputes, divorce, separation, guardianship and revocation of custody, and parental rights.

In fact for success in such cases we need to demonstrate that we understand the importance of compassion, understanding and patience given that child custody cases can be extremely sensitive.

Our role as your lawyers is to ensure that we are defenders of our clients and also sympathetic counselors and problem solvers.



Family Lawyer in Lad Prao, Bangkok

The family law in Thailand is fairly straightforward. Foreigners must first obtain clearance from their respective embassies.

M & S Law Office 20006 can help co-ordinate the procurement of official documents from the embassy and have them translated and legalized quickly with minimum problems. Familiarity with the formalities of a Thai marriage, access to qualified translators, and an understanding of the legalization process reduce the likelihood of delays or complications.

Our law firm provides full legal services throughout Thailand including the key business cities such as Bangkok, Pattaya, Chiangmai and Phuket.

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