I have a small childrens club and yesterday a lady came in with her two children aged 17 months and 4. Two weeks ago she arrived in France as her and her husband had planned but he got cold feet at the last minute and stayed in their old place of residence. She very bravely came by herself and has found somewhere to rent, one child in school, and looking for some form of childcare for the other. She has been to the local Maison de Enfance who will not take child two as she explained she and the childrens father had separated. I had heard it was possible to go to the gendamerie and ask for a statement declaring your separation in these cases. She fears he might come on the off chance to take the children back, therefore forcing her back. I have to add French is not a problem for this lady who although is not French speaks language fluently.
I would like to help her but need to clarify, does anybody know about the statement at the gendamerie?