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Child Relocation

Taking a child to live abroad

It is now increasingly common for one parent to want to take their child to live abroad with them, either at the time of separation or later on. This can cause great tension within families.

A parent needs the permission of the other parent, all persons with Parental Responsibility or the court to take a child to live abroad. This type of court application is known as a ‘relocation application’ or an ‘application for leave to remove’.

As with child abduction, steps can be taken in advance to reduce the likelihood of a successful relocation application.

Similarly, the prospects of successfully obtaining permission to relocate a child are significantly increased by careful planning and preparation.

We can and routinely do act for either party in such cases


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iGuide: Child Relocation

This iGuide provides an introduction to the issue of child relocation - where one parent wishes to leave the jurisdiction to live in another country.

iGuide: 1980 Hague Convention Countries

This iGuide details the countries in which the 1980 Hague Convention on the civil aspects of international child abduction is in force with the UK.

iGuide: 1996 Hague Convention

The Hague Convention on Jurisdiction, Applicable Law, Recognition, Enforcement and Co-operation in Respect of Parental Responsibility and Measures for the Protection of Child was concluded on 19 October 1996 (“The 1996 Convention”).

FAQ: Child Relocation

Frequently asked questions ­about Child Relocation

The Family Law Show: Programme 9 - General Principles for Child Relocation after Relationship Breakdown

Lucy Loizou and Ann Thomas offer guidance to parents who are thinking about permanently relocating abroad with their child/children

iGuide: Resolution by Out of Court Settlements

There are many different ways to resolve cases without the need to go to court. Here is our iGuide in relation to out of court settlements.

Attending Court – what you need to know

Advice and information on what to expect when you attend at court.