In a very interesting High Court decision Justice John MacMenamin refused the relocation application of a mother, who was seperated from the father of her childen to return to Spain. The application was refused as it was not in the best interests of the children. The decision is an interesting one for any family law solicitors involved in relocation applications. With international emigration and migration on the increase these types of family law cases are becoming more and more common. The family law department at Healy O’Connor Solicitors have advised numerous clients on issues pertaining to relocation and have represented those clients in the High Court. The law relating to relocation cases is quiet complex and goes beyond advising on issues such as access, maintenance and guardainship. For parents who leave a jurisdiction without the permission of the other parent the consequences can be serious and far reaching. In many instances when an application is brought under the Hague Convention children are regularly returned to the Country of origin for the Courts of that country to deal with the issues at hand.
It is extremely important that any parent considering relocation seeks the advice of a family law solicitor with specialist expericene of dealing with relocation cases. The family law department at Healy O’Connor Solicitors has this experience and can advise any parent considering any relocation outside of Ireland. We can be contacted at our Cork or Dublin office.
Signed: Family Law Department Healy O’Connor Solicitors.