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Re A (A Child) (Relocation) [2020] EWHC 2878 (Fam)

The mother was Slovakian, the father British Algerian. Their one-year-old daughter was born in England. Following the parents' separation, the mother wished to relocate the daughter from England to Slovakia, which the father opposed. Each parent alleged abusive behaviour on the part of the other, both during the relationship and during handovers for contact. Poole J found the evidence of the mother's family more helpful that of the father's family. His conclusion was that the daughter's welfare would be best served by granting the mother's application. Neither the granting nor the refusal of permission to relocate would, in his judgment, involve a disproportionate interference with the Article 8 rights of either parent. The daughter would reside with the mother and the mother would have permission to relocate to Slovakia. Contact with the father would take place as the father proposed until relocation. After relocation contact would be as the mother had proposed.

Judgment, published: 01/11/2020

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Published: 01/11/2020

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