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Child welfare

Divorced Parents Breaking Custody Law

Published söndag 19 april 2009 kl 11.51

More and more divorced parents are moving across Sweden away from their former partners, taking their children with them, without the other partner’s consent.

Swedish Radio programme Kaliber reports that 9 out of 10 local councils that replied to their questions say that they are affected.

According to Swedish law, both parents with shared custody of a child have to agree if one of them wants to move to another part of the country, but more and more parents are ignoring the law, meaning many parents can no longer have their children every other week, as is common among divorced parents in Sweden.

And even if the other parent goes to court over the issue, quite often the court sides with the parent that has moved, saying it is in the child’s best interest, according to the programme.

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