I take it if you're legally married, and your name is on the birth certificates, you are considered to have custody, or do you now need to get divorced first, and then fight for custody, and then apply for your extension?
Jokes aside, nothing surprises me here anymore. A while back, when applying for an extension, I was politely told that I could only submit one birth certificate, not all three. I guess you are only able to support on of your children,
and then put the others out to beg.
Now, no matter how hard I tried to find some logic behind this, I couldn't, which unfortunately brings me to one conclusion, but of course I can't mention it because it wouldn't be politically correct, and certainly not the type of thing a grateful guest of Thailand should be saying.
I also realize that we cannot compare Thailand to countries in the first world, so I don't. However, I can't help comparing things here to things in the third world country I come from. For example, people in my country don't preach about the importance of family, but they hold it in higher regard than they do here, where apparently, family is everything. When my wife applied for a South African visa, there were no hoops to jump over, there was no show money required, etc, etc, etc.She filled out her application, paid the fees, submitted the necessary paperwork, and she got her one year visa - no 90 day reporting, no leaving the country every 90 days, and so on. If we had stayed, she would have been given yearly extensions for four years, and then she WOULD have been given permanent residence.
If we were to divorce and I moved back to SA with my kids, and later died, she would be allowed to either stay in SA with them, or take them back here to Thailand. Quite a strange set up for a country that doesn't constantly preach about high moral standards.
I agree with JG, things here can really wear you down. I'm not complaining, at least not yet, but sometimes I do wonder. Maybe I've just never learned how to cope with two faced situations where people say one thing, and then do another. Yes I could leave and return to SA or to GB, but then I will of course have to put up with other things which drive me up the wall. I guess we sometimes just have to count our blessing, and whenever I do that, Thailand still scores the most points, well, at least most times.......lol.