Relocation following parental separation: International research, policy and practice
Relocation disputes are widely regarded internationally as one of the most difficult and controversial issues in family law. This article outlines the legal context governing relocation disputes in New Zealand and briefly reviews the research literature on the impact of parental separation and relocation. The key findings are then set out from a three-year study (2007 to 2009) with 100 New Zealand families where one parent had sought to relocate with their child(ren), either within New Zealand or internationally. Interviews were conducted with 114 parents and 44 children and young people from these families about their experiences. The article concludes by traversing the efforts being made in the international legal policy context to adopt a more consistent approach to relocation disputes in common law jurisdictions.
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Rights Statement: © The Authors 2013
Keywords: Relocation; moving away; family law disputes; NZ empirical research; family law policy; parental separation
Research Type: Journal Article
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