Thursday, 21 May 2015

Is Relocation in the Child’s Welfare?

In the event of a divorce, you may desire to take your child back to your home country. However, the relocation may deprive your child of time spent with his or her other parent due to the inconvenience in scheduling time for access. Thus, if you wish to relocate with your child abroad, you have to seek the other parent’s consent or make an application to the court for such relocation.

In deciding whether or not to grant an application of relocation, the court only has one paramount consideration: the welfare of the child. The court will reject such an application if it can be shown that relocation will not be in the best interests of the child.

Here are some factors that the courts will take into consideration in determining what is in the interest of the child:

  • -          Whether the relocation is permanent or for a short term
  • -          Remarriage of the relocating parent
  • -          Family support and grandparents abroad
  • -          Child’s education
  • -          The loss of relationship with the other parent
  • -          Enlistment for national service in Singapore

To find out more, you may wish to seek legal advice from a Singapore Divorce lawyer from one of our leading law firms, Gloria James-Civetta & Co.
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