International relocation (leave to remove) and foreign travel

One of the most difficult and emotive areas of family breakdown arises when one of the parents wishes to relocate with the children to live in another country. A parent cannot do so without the consent of all holders of parental responsibility or the permission of the court.

Applications for leave to remove often arise when an ex-partner enters into a new relationship with someone from overseas, or where employment commitments demand a relocation. The increase in relationships formed by partners of different nationalities has led to an increase in the number of applications for relocation on the breakdown of those relationships. The approach of the court to these applications is currently under review both nationally and internationally.

Dawson Cornwell has extensive experience in acting in relocation cases including for age appropriate children.