Can My Ex Move Away With the Children?

What happens when your ex wants to move away with the children – perhaps also with a new partner – and you object?

We’ve supported a number of clients – mothers and fathers – through this kind of situation, both when they have been concerned about a partner moving away with the kids or when they are the one wanting to move away with their family. Having advised them through their divorce, we are their first port of call when they want to embark on a new beginning in a different area, which may be several years later. Thankfully, most of our past clients understand the importance of seeking professional advice early and they usually approach us for an initial chat before broaching the subject with the other parent.

What are my rights?

If your children live with your partner and he or she wants to move to another part of England and Wales, we would advise them to seek your agreement to the move and not to simply announce that they’re leaving. If you do not agree with the proposed move, your ex may ask the court to make the decision about whether or not they should be allowed to move.

One parent does have the right to try and stop the other from moving and may seek a court order from the court to prevent it from happening. Such an order would prevent the child from moving with until the court has considered the case.

It is far better to talk to your ex first and see if you can reach an agreement by working out how your children will be able to continue to have time with both parents after the move.

What if I’m the one moving? How can I persuade the courts to let me move away with the children?

If you and your ex can’t reach an agreement amicably, you will need to demonstrate to the court that the relocation is in the best interests of the children. You might be moving for a better job or for a more financially secure future with another partner. It may be a better area that offers your children more opportunities for recreation and schooling. You could be moving to be closer to relatives, in which case the children will benefit from a wider family unit. All of these can be valid reasons and may persuade the court to find in your favour.

The court will want to make sure the children’s relationship with the other parent doesn’t suffer. That doesn’t mean it needs to stay exactly the same. It’s impractical to maintain visits every weekend when there might be a distance of several hundred miles to consider. The children will also want to build their own social life locally at the weekends and this could be hampered if they are required to travel to stay with their other parent too frequently. A good compromise can be to arrange longer stays during the school holidays so that regular, quality contact can be maintained with both parents without interfering with the children’s everyday lives.

We won’t have covered every question about the issue of relocation in this article and if you would like to talk about your own situation please pick up the phone and give us a call. Our lawyers have a great deal of expertise in this area and we can help you even if we weren’t your solicitor during your divorce. Call us on 01423 594680.

 

Andrew Meehan is individually recommended for family law by both Chambers UK and the Legal 500. He is also a Resolution accredited specialist solicitor for divorce cases involving complex financial and property matters.

This article has been prepared with the aim of providing general information only and does not constitute legal advice in relation to any particular situation. While we aim to ensure that the information is correct at the date on which it is added to the website, the legal position can change frequently, and content will not always be updated following any relevant changes. In addition, everyone’s circumstances are different and this article is provided by way of general information only and must not be relied upon. If you require legal advice on a family law issue, please feel free to contact us by emailing enquiries@harrogatefamilylaw.co.uk. Harrogate Family Law accepts no liability whatsoever in contract, tort or otherwise for any loss or damage caused by or arising directly or indirectly in connection with any use or reliance on the contents of any part of our website, except to the extent that such liability cannot be excluded by law.

Top Tier Ranking for HFL Founder and Team

Harrogate Family Law and its founder Andrew Meehan have both achieved the highest possible ranking for family law in the latest legal guide Chambers UK 2018.

Andrew has been ranked by Chambers UK each year since founding Harrogate Family Law seven years ago. This year’s edition describes him as “pragmatic and sensible” with a strong reputation in advising high net worth individuals on financial proceedings arising from divorce.

Harrogate Family Law is recognised by Chambers UK 2018 as a dedicated family law firm with extensive experience advising on challenging divorce and separation claims, prenuptial agreements and cases involving property portfolios and pension issues. The guide also mentions the firm’s expertise in handling cross-border children relocation work and maintenance orders.

The team is noted to be “very efficient, very cost-effective and disciplined.”

Andrew said he was delighted that the firm had been ranked as one of the best family law firms in York, Hull and the surrounding area.

“These top tier rankings for me and my team are especially welcome because they are the result of independent peer research and client feedback.

“The comments by the sources acknowledge our technical excellence as well as our commitment to client care.”

Harrogate Family Law’s ranking by Chambers follows its recent praise by Legal 500 as ‘the best in Harrogate’ for financial proceedings arising from divorce, separation and civil partnership dissolution. Legal 500 also recognised the firm’s diligence in ‘leaving no stone unturned; its very quick response times, detailed knowledge and thorough approach amounts to a first-rate level of service’.

 

Andrew Meehan is individually recommended for family law by both Chambers UK and the Legal 500. He is also a Resolution accredited specialist solicitor for divorce cases involving complex financial and property matters.

This article has been prepared with the aim of providing general information only and does not constitute legal advice in relation to any particular situation. While we aim to ensure that the information is correct at the date on which it is added to the website, the legal position can change frequently, and content will not always be updated following any relevant changes. In addition, everyone’s circumstances are different and this article is provided by way of general information only and must not be relied upon. If you require legal advice on a family law issue, please feel free to contact us by emailing enquiries@harrogatefamilylaw.co.uk. Harrogate Family Law accepts no liability whatsoever in contract, tort or otherwise for any loss or damage caused by or arising directly or indirectly in connection with any use or reliance on the contents of any part of our website, except to the extent that such liability cannot be excluded by law.

HFL Celebrates Seven Years in Harrogate

Harrogate Family Law is marking seven years in business this month, at a time when the firm’s excellence has been recognised by two national guides to the legal profession.

The niche practice, which set out to bring to Harrogate the level of specialist expertise found in large law firms, has been praised by both the Legal 500 and Chambers UK guides, both published this month.

The Legal 500 described the firm as ‘the best in Harrogate’ for financial proceedings arising from divorce, separation and civil partnership dissolution. Founder Andrew Meehan was described in the guide as ‘very thorough in his handling of cases, and a good listener to boot’.

Harrogate Family Law recently welcomed a new partner, Carol Jessop, to the team. Carol sits on the national Standards Committee for the family law body Resolution and is accredited by the organisation as a specialist in cohabitation and complex financial divorce cases.

The firm is also investing in up and coming legal talent by awarding a training contract to top law graduate Laura Mounsey, who has been working with the team as a paralegal since graduating from Durham University.

Founder Andrew Meehan said: “With such a strong reputation and talented team we are looking forward to building on the success of the first seven years to continue delivering our unique brand of technical excellence combined with sensitivity and approachability.

“The latest editions of the legal guides praise us for our know-how as well as our ability to listen to our clients and it is this mix that has won us a reputation as a leader in our field regionally.”

HFL Helps Kick-start Technology Fund at Western Primary School

We are pleased to have been able to support one of our local schools, Western Primary School, with a donation that will help kick-start the PTA’s new technology fund.

HFL founder and managing director Andrew Meehan presented a cheque for £540 to headteacher Cheryl Smith in conjunction with Ken Gibson of Alexander Gibson Estate Agents and Clare Wright, co-founder of Classlist.

Western Primary was an early adopter of Classlist, a private social network for school parents. More than 90% of parents are now active school community participants through Classlist’s platform.

Helen Ellis from the school’s PTA used Classlist’s revenue share scheme, where PTAs which introduce local sponsors keep 50% of the proceeds.

She said: “Classlist makes me feel much more involved with what’s happening in my children’s lives. The fact that Classlist also helps us to raise money for the school is a huge bonus. We will be putting today’s cheque towards the purchase of new IT equipment.We will be putting today’s cheque towards the purchase of new IT equipment.”

Andrew Meehan said: “As a Harrogate business owner and parent of a child at Western, I am delighted to have the opportunity to contribute to the school community in this way and support the PTA in its fundraising for new technology that will help students build the skills they need for future learning and employment.”

Ken Gibson added: “The Classlist platform has some great benefits for schools and for parents, particularly in fundraising. We’re very happy to support Western Primary, and look forward to supporting other schools in the area in this way.”

HFL Leads the Field in Family Law

Harrogate Family Law has been ranked as a leader in its field by Chambers UK 2018, a top authority on the legal profession.

The announcement comes following the completion of research for the Chambers UK 2018 guide ahead of its publication in the autumn.

Andrew Meehan, who founded Harrogate Family Law in 2010, said he was delighted that the firm had been ranked as a regional leader in family law following last year’s top tier ranking.

“Chambers UK carries out extensive peer research and analyses feedback from clients during its comprehensive analysis of the legal profession nationwide which makes this ‘Leaders in the Field’ ranking so important,” said Andrew.

“Harrogate Family Law set out to become a specialist and by developing a culture of empathy alongside our strong technical competence we have successfully differentiated ourselves from other practitioners in our region.”

More detailed rankings for individual lawyers and firms will be published by Chambers UK in October.

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