When there is a child involved in a separation, it is often complex and difficult decisions often need to be made.
At Mackenzie Elvin, we can help you work out the care arrangements for your children when you separate. Where agreement is not possible, we can assist you with mediation or the Family Court process.
If you’re thinking about relocating, while you personally cannot be prevented from moving, you may not automatically take your child with you. This must be decided between guardians of a child (usually parents). If no agreement can be reached, then the Court will need to determine the care arrangements, according to the child’s welfare and best interests.
Associated with matters of international relocation is the Hague Convention, which applies in New Zealand. This means the care arrangements for a child must be determined within the jurisdiction of the country where a child was “habitually resident”.
Fiona Mackenzie accepts appointments from New Zealand’s Central Authority with Hague Convention matters. Talk to her and her team about the application of the Hague Convention to your situation, or any separated parenting and guardianship issues.