Perth Family Law and a Child’s Wishes in Relocation

A child’s wishes can hold weight when a court is determining what is in a child’s best interests.

In Timms & Payton 2015 FCCA 3324 the child was of an age where wishes could be considered by the court. The father opposed the mother’s proposed relocation.

It was held that it would be in the best interests of the child to remain with the mother, as she had been the primary caregiver, whereas the father was something of an “unknown quantity in terms of being a primary caregiver”.

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Orders were made for relocation, with the father to spend time.

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