New Zealand Children and Young People's Perspectives on Relocation Following Parental Separation

Megan Gollop and Nicola Taylor

in Law and Childhood Studies

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780199652501
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191739217 | DOI:

Series: Current Legal Issues

New Zealand Children and Young People's Perspectives on Relocation Following Parental Separation

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Relocation disputes following parental separation are difficult to resolve by parents and the Family Court alike. Such disputes arise when the resident parent seeks to relocate with the children and that move will have a significant impact on the contact the children will have with their non-resident parent. In recent years, these disputes have prompted greater domestic and international attention due to the higher rates of relationship breakdown, increased population mobility, and debate about whether the courts should allow or restrict relocations. A three-year study interviewing 100 New Zealand families, where one parent sought to relocate, was recently completed. This chapter reports on interviews conducted with children and young people from these families about their experiences. Ascertaining their unique perspectives is consistent with Childhood Studies that places children's own views at the heart of research enquiry. The chapter first reviews the research literature on the impact of parental separation and relocation, with particular emphasis on studies that focus on children and young people's perspectives on these issues. It then outlines and discusses the themes that emerged from the interviews with the children and young people who took part in the study.

Keywords: relocation; family court; parental separation; children; New Zealand families; young people

Chapter.  14776 words. 

Subjects: Family Law

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