Most matters relating to children are about parents being able to agree what is best for their child.

The same principle applies where one parent is wishing to move abroad with a child. If, as a parent, you plan to move abroad with a child, you must obtain the consent of the other parent to remove the child from the UK. If he or she refuses to give their consent, then an application must be made to the court seeking permission to relocate with the child outside the United Kingdom.

A decision for a child to relocate involves a delicate balancing exercise in which the welfare of the child is the paramount consideration. We regularly work with a parent looking to relocate with a child at an early stage to put together a carefully framed proposal to move abroad which can form the basis of their initial discussions with the other parent.

If there is a risk that a child will be removed to another country parents need to be aware of the immediate steps which can be taken to prevent that happening.

Our child law experts have extensive experience of advising parents on relocating with a child to another country.

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Child Relocation key highlights

  • Our team of child lawyers acts for private individuals defending applications for the return or relocation of a child.
  • One of the largest practices in Scotland looking after private individuals, we advise on all matters related to the international aspects of our clients' lives - find out more.
  • With a team in Inverness we support clients across the Highlands and beyond, including Shetland, Orkney, Speyside, the Isle of Skye and the Western Isles.

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