I am about to apply to live in Australia with my partner. I am a social worker and my partner is an electrician. To cut a long story short, i have a 6 year old from a previous relationship. My ex did not see his daughter from the age of 6 months to 4 years, he then saw her for 1 month before deciding not to see her anymore and then he last saw her in January 2012 for 4 weeks before ceasing all contact again. I have a solicitor who is applying for a Relocation Order. My ex will not agree to her moving even though he has no contact with her. My solicitor has stated that I have a very good chance of winning (as he does not have regular contact with her and I have emails as proof showing that I have encouraged and tried to facilitate his access to her). He also pays zero maintenance and changes jobs when the CSA find him.
My solicitor has said that the legal costs of the relocation order could be approximateoly £2k (thats if he fails to attend court and ignores all the court documents). However, if he wants to be 'difficult' he can fight me and my solicitor reckons my costs will be between £7k - £10k! his new wife is also a qualified solicitor so she will probably do all his legal bits. Bit unfair really considering that he plays no part in her life.
So for me to move to australia, the cost is thousands. I also have the visa fees to pay, the emigration consultants fees and AASW also charge me £600 just for verify my social work degree!