When Distance Matters
Canada's highest court has decided that when a parent wants to relocate with the children, the move must be in the best interests of the children. There are a wide range of factors involved in determining your children's best interests, including the existing custody and access arrangement, the relationship between the children and each parent, the children's own views, the reason for the move and the amount of disruption the move will cause the child.
At Williams Family Lawyers, we believe in providing quality service focused on compassion, integrity and results. This is particularly important when children are involved and you need a team of advocates to protect your future and theirs. We take great strides to help parents find the best solutions possible for mobility issues.
Other issues to be considered when deciding mobility include:
- Practical issues: These include the logistics of where the children will live, how they will travel to see one parent or the other, and how the parents will communicate about their children.
- Support: If the travel costs are high, this may affect child support.
- Abduction: If there is a concern that one parent may want to take the situation into his or her own hands, the situation becomes much more critical. In these cases, it is important to get the children back as quickly as possible.
Discuss Your Options
Relocation is one of the most difficult challenges faced by separated/divorced parents and their children. Where possible, it can be beneficial to find a solution outside of court. If there is no win-win solution possible and you need to litigate, we will represent your position in court.