A Study of Post-Separation/Divorce Parental Relocation

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Prepared by:

Nicholas Bala, L.S.M., B.A., J.D., LL.M.
Lorne D. Bertrand, Ph.D.
Andrea Wheeler, M.A., J.D. Candidate 2013, Queen's University
Joanne J. Paetsch, B.A., and
Erin Holder, B.A., J.D. Candidate 2013, Queen's University

Presented to:

Family, Children and Youth Section
Department of Justice Canada


The views expressed in this report are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of the Canadian Research Institute for Law and the Family nor the Department of Justice Canada

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Also issued in French under title: « Étude sur le déménagement des parents après le divorce ou la séparation »


The authors would like to acknowledge a number of individuals for their valuable contributions to this project. First, we would like to extend our appreciation to the project officer, Dr. Cherami Wichmann, Justice Canada, for her advice and assistance throughout the project. We also wish to express our appreciation to Ms Claire Farid and Ms Angela Severson of Justice Canada for their input into this project. A number of individuals from Justice Canada reviewed the draft final report, and we appreciate their comments.

We would like to thank Dr. Joseph P. Hornick, Executive Director of the Canadian Research Institute for Law and the Family (CRILF), for his advice during this project. Also, thank you to Ms Leslie MacRae-Krisa of CRILF for reviewing an early draft of the literature review.

This project was funded by the Department of Justice Canada. CRILF is supported by a grant from the Alberta Law Foundation.