Child Relocation and Aboriginal Heritage – Perth Divorce Lawyer

When making orders for relocation of a child, the court may consider their cultural heritage.

In the case of Y and F [2006] FCWA 95, the father was of Aboriginal descent though the mother was not.

The court stated that even though the mother had spent significant time around Aboriginal people, she lacked an understanding of Aboriginal culture.

When the father wanted to relocate with their child to North-Western Australia, consideration was given to the ability of the father to expose the child to Aboriginal people and culture, more so than the mother.

The court was of the opinion that the child’s connection to his Aboriginal heritage would be significantly enhanced if he was allowed to relocate.

Relocation matters can be complex. We therefore recommend you seek legal advice from one of our very experienced Perth family lawyers. We invite you to discuss your particular matter with our Legal Practitioner Director, Ms. Shannon Bodeker, who has been working in family law for over 20 years.

Prior to your first appointment, you may send us an email, fax or similar, outlining your situation in as much detail as you like. This information will be read on a complimentary basis prior to your first family law appointment. We get to know you and your family law matter before we meet.

Please note this is not family law advice. It is important to seek advice specific to your circumstances. We are very experienced Perth family law solicitors and can provide you with the very best legal advice regarding relocation matters.

Email our Legal Practitioner Director, Shannon Bodeker at, for your complimentary pre-read and first appointment at a reduced rate.