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If you are looking for help with international relocation our specialist solicitors can help you. In addition to office meetings, we offer remote meetings by telephone or video if preferred. To discuss your options call us 24/7 on 0208 004 0065 or email us at hello@southgate.co.uk 

International Relocation

International relocation involves moving a child to a different country, either temporarily or permanently, when one parent wishes to relocate. This can be a complex legal matter, particularly if the other parent does not consent to the move or if there are disagreements regarding the child’s welfare. 

Key points about international relocation with children include: 

  • Parental Responsibility: Both parents with parental responsibility for the child have a say in decisions about the child’s upbringing, including relocation. If one parent wishes to relocate internationally with the child, they must obtain consent from the other parent or seek permission from the court. 
  • Child’s Welfare as Paramount Consideration: The court’s primary consideration in relocation cases is the welfare and best interests of the child. Factors considered include the child’s relationship with each parent, the impact of the move on the child’s well-being, and the child’s wishes and feelings (depending on their age and understanding). 
  • Parental Consent: If both parents agree to the international relocation, they can formalise the arrangements by signing a consent order, which is submitted to the court for approval. This provides legal recognition of the relocation plans and ensures that both parents are aware of and consent to the move. 
  • Court Permission: If one parent objects to the relocation or if the parents cannot reach an agreement, the relocating parent must apply to the court for permission to relocate with the child. The court will carefully consider the circumstances of the case and make a decision based on the child’s welfare. 
  • Factors Considered by the Court: In determining whether to grant permission for international relocation, the court considers various factors, including the reasons for the move, the child’s relationship with each parent, the child’s educational and social needs, and the practicalities of maintaining contact with the non-relocating parent. 
  • Contact Arrangements: The court may impose conditions or make orders regarding contact arrangements between the child and the non-relocating parent to ensure that the child maintains a meaningful relationship with both parents despite the distance. 
  • Enforcement: Once a court order permitting international relocation is granted, both parents are legally bound by its terms. Breaching the terms of the order can have serious consequences, including legal sanctions and potential harm to the child’s welfare. 

Overall, international relocation with children under English law requires careful consideration of the child’s welfare and legal processes to ensure that the child’s best interests are prioritised and protected, while also respecting the rights and responsibilities of both parents. 

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At southgate solicitors, we offer comprehensive assistance tailored to your needs throughout your international relocation journey. Our team of experienced professionals understand the intricacies of family law and are dedicated to providing you with the expertise and support you need during what can be a daunting and highly emotional time.  We have Resolution members and also hold Law Society Family Law Advanced Panel Accreditation which demonstrates our knowledge, skill and expertise in this area of law. 

If you wish to read more about this area of law we have some frequently asked questions at the end of this page – feel free to scroll down to read more.

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Both parents with parental responsibility for the child have a voice in decisions about international relocation. Consent from the non-relocating parent is typically required, or permission from the court must be obtained if an agreement cannot be reached. 

In cases where relocation is contested, the court prioritises the welfare and best interests of the child. This involves assessing various factors, including the child’s relationship with each parent, the reasons for the move, and the potential impact on the child’s well-being. 

If both parents agree to the relocation, they can formalize the arrangements by signing a consent order, which is submitted to the court for approval. This ensures that both parents are aware of and consent to the move. 

If one parent objects to the relocation or if an agreement cannot be reached, the relocating parent must apply to the court for permission to relocate with the child. The court will carefully consider the circumstances and make a decision based on the child’s welfare. 

Yes, the court may impose conditions or make orders regarding contact arrangements between the child and the non-relocating parent to ensure that the child maintains a meaningful relationship with both parents despite the distance. 

Breaching the terms of a court order permitting international relocation can have serious consequences, including legal sanctions and potential harm to the child’s welfare. It’s crucial for both parents to comply with the terms of the order once granted. 

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