Part 2: Relocating with children during divorce or separation

Recorded on February 15, 2024

Amendments to the Divorce Act in 2021 introduced new steps that a parent must take before relocating with their children. This webinar series provide community workers with practical information and resources to support their clients who are seeking to relocate with children or who have received a notice of relocation.

Part 2 provides information on:

  • What happens if the other parent opposes the move?
  • What are some issues a court will consider?
  • What kind of evidence would be helpful to support the move?

Min Jin, Staff Lawyer, Luke's Place
Phebe Quaye, Program Manager, Luke's Place

NOTE: We have provided a handout on important resources and supports from the webinar in this link. We also provide it in PDF form below with the recording and PowerPoint slides

Highlights from the webinar:

You can watch the webinar in its entirety OR click on a question, press play , and it will bring you to the corresponding item in the webinar.

Highlights of the webinar - skip to the section by clicking below:
Contextualizing Relocation - gendered nature of relocation claims
Recap from Part 1:
What determines relocation vs change in residence? (slide 4)

Giving Notice (slide 5)

Objections to a notice (slide 6)

What happens if the other parent opposes the move? (slide 7)
What are some things a court will consider (slide 8)
Issues of best interest of child (slide 9)
Family Violence (slide 10)
Additional Factors

Reasons for relocation (slides 12, 13)

Impact of relocation on the child (slide 14)

Amount of time spent with child (slides 15, 16)

Compliance with Notice Requirement (slide 17)

Existence of an order that specifies geography (slides 18,19)

Reasonableness of the proposal to move (slide 20, 21)

Compliance with obligations under an order (slide 22)

Live Q+A
Safety Planning and How to support the client (slide 24)
Elements that might be included in a personalized Safety Plan (slide 25)
Tips for supporting your clients to stay safe (slide 26)
Court Process - what is looks like (slide 27)
What if I need to move right away? (slide 28)
What if I have already moved? (slide 29)
What if the courts say the kids can’t move with me? (slide 31)
Live Q+A

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