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Contact enforcement is the "Achilles Heel" of relocation cases, says reunite research

Reunite Relocation research report published

Loss of contact is one of the greatest problems in relocation cases as enforcement is the "Achilles heel", just as it is in abduction cases. This conclusion is one of many set out in a research report recently published by reunite, the child abduction and relocation organisation.

The research, written by Dr Marilyn Freeman of London Metropolitan University, aimed to discover what happens to contact in the two years following a relocation and is largely based on interviews with a selected sample of parents involved in 36 cases. It sets out the legislative context of relocation cases, both within the EU and further afield, and records the parents' experiences of maintaining and funding contact. It also investigates other issues such as the "distress" argument and whether shared residence makes a difference to the outcome of relocation cases.

The research was launched at a reception hosted by 29 Bedford Row on 8 July 2009. Among those attending were Mr Justice Singer, who wrote the Foreword to the report, Professor Patrick Parkinson and Professor Linda Silberman.

The full report is now available on the reunite website. An article summarising the research findings will be published soon on Family Law Week.