In accordance with the Family Law Act 1975, the movement of children to another city/town/state/country is known as ‘Relocation’. If this movement becomes a hindrance to the significant other person in the child’s life, there could be grounds for relocation orders to be applied for by the courts which can refute permissions for the movement to occur. The application for relocation orders can be filled by the parent who is relocating in a permissible sense, or the other parent can apply to restrict the movement from occurring.

If a parent moves a child without agreeance from the other parent, or without court approval – relocation orders may be implemented to keep the moving parent from leaving until the matter is resolved.

The decision and deliberation will be made with a fundamental focus on the best interests of the child which could involve:

  • The relationship parameters between both parents and the child.
  • Physiological and Psychological components of the child’s wellbeing should a relocation order be implemented.
  • Willingness of both parents/parties to compromise and facilitate a workable relationship that represents the best interests of the child.
  • The child/children’s own view on the matter
    Any potential accounts of violence/abuse taken into consideration.
  • How the changes will impact the wellbeing and lifestyle of the child.

We’re able to assist with collating and mediating the processes involved with applying for relocation orders or in the contestation of an already existing relocation order.


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