In recent years there have been calls for a change in the law to protect vulnerable adults from falling victim to what has become known as “predatory marriage”. This is due to a rise in cases where fraudsters have married vulnerable and often elderly individuals, without the knowledge of their loved ones.
For many individuals starting divorce or Children Act proceedings, it is no doubt, at times, an intimidating experience. Clients are thrown into a world of legal jargon, where the court has wide powers to impose a decision on them that can have far reaching consequences on their life. Given this it is not surprising that some clients enter fight or flight mode.
Hearing the news that the other parent wishes to move away with your child permanently, perhaps many miles away from you, is likely to be met with a range of emotions. Some parents may instinctively feel that the other parent has the power to just “up and leave” with their child without your consent, particularly if the child lives with that parent for the majority of the time. In most circumstances, this is unlikely to be the case.