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Domestic relocation: key findings from the 2012 study

Date:9 DEC 2013
Barrister and Lecturer

Dr Rob George University of Oxford and Harcourt Chambers
Dr Ornella Cominetti University of Oxford

Relocation cases are disputes between separated parents which arise when one of them proposes to take their child to live in a new geographic location and the other parent objects. In the second of two linked articles we report the first set of findings of a 12-month study of relocation disputes in the first instance courts of England and Wales focusing on the domestic or internal relocation cases (proposed moves within the United Kingdom).

Using quantitative data from 22 court cases and 30 responses to a research questionnaire this article looks at the outcomes and patterns seen in domestic relocation cases decided during 2012. We consider the effects of factors like the court and judge hearing the case certain characteristics of the families involved - especially relating to children's pre-relocation care...

Read the full article here.