Family Law Team’s Successes in International Relocation Cases

Relocation cases are emotionally charged. If the parent seeking to relocate succeeds, there is little prospect that the other parent will be able to spend regular time with their child/ children due to geographical constraints.

Often a parent wishes to relocate back to their country of birth or to their home time because he or she has their support structures there. The paramount consideration in cases where a parent seeks to relocate is the best interests of the child.

At Farrell Family Lawyers we have successfully assisted parents in relation to Relocation Applications.

Case 1

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The Facts
  • In 2014 Farrell Family Lawyers was consulted by a mother who wished to relocate to New Zealand with her then 3 year old son.
  • After separating from the child’s father she was made redundant from her employment and was unable to find another position.
  • As a New Zealand citizen who was not a permanent resident or citizen of Australia and who migrated to Australia after 2001, she was not eligible for Centrelink benefits other than Family Tax Benefit.
  • She was in receipt of modest child support.
  • She was unable to make ends meet from the small income that she had and was forced to live off her modest savings.
  • She had no family support in Melbourne and became depressed.
  • The child’s father was not prepared to agree to the mother relocating to New Zealand with the child.

 

Court Ordered:
  • Orders were made permitting the mother to relocate to New Zealand and providing for the father to spend time with the child in both New Zealand and Australia.
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Case 2

The Facts

  • In 2015 Farrell Family Lawyers was consulted by the mother of a 3 year old child who sought to relocate from Melbourne to the United Kingdom with her child.
  • The father, who lived in country Victoria, was not prepared to agree to the relocation.
  • The mother was not a permanent resident or a citizen of Australia and was ineligible for any significant Centrelink benefits.
  • She received modest child support payments.
  • She was unable to secure employment in Melbourne and could not meet her expenses.
  • She had no family and few friends in Melbourne and was being treated for depression.

 

Court Ordered:

  • The mother was permitted to relocate to the United Kingdom with the child.
  • Orders were made providing for the father to spend time with the child in both Australia and the United Kingdom.

For advice about relocating with a child, please telephone Farrell Family Lawyers on (03) 8397 2220

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