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Moving Children Abroad

If you wish to take your child abroad on holiday or move permanently to a country outside of England and Wales you need the consent of the other parent (and anyone else who has parental responsibility for your child). If you have a Child Arrangements order which specifies that the child or children live with you then you can go on holiday for up to 28 days in one year, without consent but in all other circumstances consent is required to avoid the removal of your child being unlawful. In the absence of consent you must make an application to the court for permission to leave. Goodman Ray regularly acts for parents who wish to move abroad or who wish to prevent a parent relocating with the children. We also advise parents whose children have already been removed and their options to get their children back or to enforce their rights to see their children either here or abroad. These are complex applications that require expert advice and guidance at an early stage to ensure the best possible chance of success.

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Kevin has expertise in international custody disputes, child abduction, matrimonial proceedings and care proceedings. He is ass…
Katrin joined the Adoption, Surrogacy and International Child Care Department in 2015. She specialises in cases concerning children …
Ann Thompson has been a qualified solicitor since 1992 having originally trained and worked as a barrister. Ann Thompson joined…
Janet specialises in domestic and international family law, particularly matters involving children. She has specific exp…
Peggy specialises in complex cases concerning children. She acts for children, young people and parents involved in care procee…
Trudi leads the Divorce and Matrimonial Finance Team and has been a partner at Goodman Ray since May 2000 as head…
Jemma is the partner in the Adoption, Surrogacy and International Child Care department. She specialises in and has exten…