Child Relocation - How do three European jurisdictions deal with this issue?

Renowned Divorce and Family Law Partner at Turcan Connell, Gillian Crandles, was invited to speak at the Franco-British Lawyers Society Evening Conference on the subject of child relocation within European jurisdictions, specifically regarding Scotland. The seminar, which took place on 17th September at the Maison du Barreau, Paris, also saw presentations from other leading lawyers in the field, namely William Healing, Partner at London's Kingsley Napley, and Rahima Nato-Kalfane, Avocat with BWG Associes in Paris.

In her presentation, Gillian examined the issue of child relocation from a Scottish perspective, considering the implications of Children (Scotland) Act 1995 and elaborating on the practical matters at hand in such cases. Having previously been relatively rare in Scotland, cases of this nature have become more prominent in recent years, and the likelihood is that they will continue to become more frequent in the future.

The court, by and large, primarily operates in keeping with the non-interventionist approach of the Act, and must be confident that granting an order would be a beneficial move. Gillian focused on the fact that, while there are various important factors which the court must consider when a parent seeks to move their child out of the country, the welfare of the child or children in question is always the paramount concern.

For an in-depth evaluation of the matter in question, read Gillian's full article"Relocation, relocation, relocation" online here.

If you have any questions on the issues surrounding parental rights in cases of child relocation, contact Gillian via our online enquiry form.