Change the law to restrict the distance separated parents can live apart from one another.
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Currently under UK law, when parents separate, the resident parent is allowed to take the child or children to live anywhere else in the UK. This could be 700 miles on the mainland, or require a flight, should they decide to move to Northern Ireland or vice versa.
Whilst the idea of moving hundreds of miles away from an ex-partner may seem appealing, it is the children who will suffer. Trying to establish or maintain relationships with children over such distances is extremely difficult, and may well be impossible for many, due to the financial burden of travelling.
I would like the UK Government to introduce a new law, to restrict separated parents from moving more than 100 miles away from one another, if the non-resident parent wishes to impose the right. 100 miles should be more than enough distance for each individual to start afresh in a new place should they wish to do so, whilst ensuring that the non-resident parent can visit frequently.
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