Reasons for Relocation

Canadian Journal of Family Law, Forthcoming

Sydney Law School Research Paper No. 11/94

46 Pages Posted: 28 Nov 2011  

Patrick Parkinson

The University of Sydney Law School

Judith Cashmore

The University of Sydney Law School

Judi P. Single

The University of Sydney Law School

Date Written: November 27, 2011

Abstract

Thirty-eight mothers in Australia who wanted to move with their children were interviewed about their reasons for wanting to relocate. Forty men, all of whom opposed the mother’s move, were also interviewed about what they perceived the mother’s reasons were. There were nine former couples in the study. Most women had more than one reason for wanting to relocate, and there were quite often disparate reasons. In the main, women’s reasons focused on relationships. Conversely, men were more likely to perceive the real reasons as being related to financial issues, jobs and lifestyle. The article explores the possible explanations for these gender differences and the role of the court in examining the ostensible reasons for relocation.

Keywords: family law, parenthood, children, relocation, moving away, mobility, gender differences

JEL Classification: K10, K30, J12

Suggested Citation

Parkinson, Patrick and Cashmore, Judith and Single, Judi P., Reasons for Relocation (November 27, 2011). Canadian Journal of Family Law, Forthcoming; Sydney Law School Research Paper No. 11/94. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1965299

Patrick Parkinson (Contact Author)

The University of Sydney Law School ( email )

New Law Building, F10
The University of Sydney
Sydney, NSW 2006
Australia

Judith Cashmore

The University of Sydney Law School ( email )

New Law Building, F10
The University of Sydney
Sydney, NSW 2006
Australia

Judi P. Single

The University of Sydney Law School ( email )

New Law Building, F10
The University of Sydney
Sydney, NSW 2006
Australia

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