Relocation / Moveaway

Relocation Collection (5 Items)

This collection of five items consists of Dr. Warshak’s publications relevant to cases involving a proposed relocation or moveaway by one parent with the child(ren) away from the other parent. The collection includes four journal articles and one monograph based on a chapter for a difficult to acquire manual for judges and attorneys published by the State Bar of Texas. Continue reading

In a Land Far, Far Away: Assessing Children’s Best Interests in International Relocation Cases

In a Land Far, Far Away: Assessing Children’s Best Interests in International Relocation Cases

This paper focuses on international relocations, but much of it is highly relevant to domestic relocation cases and to cases in which there is a possibility that a parent will want to travel to, or move to, another country. The article discusses the importance of examining the stated and unstated reasons and motives for the proposed move, and lists some of the more compelling reasons that might justify a relocation. Continue reading

Payoffs and Pitfalls of Listening to Children

Payoffs and Pitfalls of Listening to Children

Children’s perspectives can enlighten decisions regarding custody and parenting plans, but different opinions exist about how best to involve children in the decision-making process. This journal article discusses why most procedures for soliciting children’s preferences do not reliably elicit information on their best interests and do not give children a meaningful voice in decision- making.

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Social Science and Children’s Best Interests in Relocation Cases

Social Science and Children’s Best Interests in Relocation Cases

This law journal article, published in 2000, reviews and analyzes psychological research and considerations that relate to relocation decisions. It can assist attorneys in dealing with expert testimony in relocation litigation. Expert witnesses will find it valuable in preparing for testimony and anticipating cross-examination. Parents facing decisions regarding relocation of their children will also find it helpful.

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Relocation Litigation And Children’s Best Interests: Revisiting Burgess 1

Relocation Litigation And Children’s Best Interests: Revisiting Burgess 1

This article appeared in a 1999 State Bar of Texas Family Law Section Report. It was adapted from the relocation monograph described as Social Science and Relocation Litigation. Readers interested in an abbreviated overview of the monograph will find this article helpful, but it lacks the documentation of the more complete publication (e.g., 20 versus 199 endnotes).

The article discusses the relevance and utility of social science in relocation disputes, and it Continue reading

Social Science and Relocation Litigation

Social Science and Relocation Litigation

This treatment of relocation issues includes everything in Social Science and Children’s Best Interests in Relocation Cases plus all the material that was deleted from that article because of the journal’s space limitations. In addition to the topics described in Social Science and Children’s Best Interests in Relocation Cases, this monograph covers an overview of legal and policy issues in relocation cases, a discussion of case law (with citations to 39 cases and 16 articles in law publications), a list of factors to consider in relocation litigation proposed by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, greater elaboration of Continue reading