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It is not uncommon for parents who have separated to want to return home to extended family and friends with children. Home for one parent may be a different state or another country. Relocation parenting matters are difficult where one parent opposes the relocation, however recent relocation cases have shown that relocation applications can be successful if the best interests of the child will be served by the relocation.

Relocation parenting cases are not seen as separate or special category of parenting cases, they are treated as all parenting cases are, with the best interests of the children being paramount.

Whether you are thinking about relocating or are opposing the relocation, what you need to remember is the importance of your children being happy, settled and having a relationship or being able to have a relationship which is positive and healthy with the other parent.

The factors that the Family Court or Federal Circuit Court of Australia will examine when it is asked to consider the question of relocation include the follow in

1. The age of the children

2.  The wishes of the children, where appropriate

3.  The existing relationship and parenting arrangements between the children and each parent and extended family

4. The existence of any Family Violence Orders or whether Family Violence is an issue

5. The financial circumstances of the parents

6.  The involvement of each parent in the making of long-term decisions for the children

7.  The effect of any changes on the parenting arrangements upon the children

Going to Court for relocation parenting matters can be a stressful and uncertain time, we understand this and it is for this reason that we are able to guide you through the litigation process. We will offer you our expert advice and always consider your emotional and financial costs in going to Court.

If you require our assistance with your relocation parenting matters, contact us. 

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