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If you do not take steps to stop the other parent relocating with your child, it may be too late to do so later or to reverse the situation once it has happened.
You’ve just separated, you’re all living in the same area, nobody’s thinking about relocation, you’ve reached agreement on living arrangements for the Children, it’s working and you don’t want to rock the boat, you want to keep it amicable. That’s a common situation.
But things change:
Any one of these things could have you facing a situation where you wake up and find out your former partner has moved somewhere else without telling you.
People on the friendliest of terms will still look after themselves first and choose not to tell you something they know you won’t agree with, if they can get away with it.
The best time to get your former partner to agree to a clause preventing them from relocating is before their circumstances change and they start thinking about it.
They will usually be happy to agree if they do not intend to move anywhere else.
If you are on friendly terms, then it should be easy to get your agreement into Consent Orders.
If you have Consent Orders including a relocation clause then everyone knows where they stand and all cards are on the table.
If your former spouse doesn’t want to have Consent Orders including a Relocation Clause, then you may want to ask why not - are they hiding something or hedging their bets to keep options open for the future.
Generally, the Court cannot prevent a parent from relocating to live somewhere else, however the Court does have the power to stop them from taking their child with them.
Other Questions answered in the Parent & Child Relocation Section
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