Does a father in nz have a legal right to know the address of his children? I am just wondering what rights a father has

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Customer: Does a father in nz have a legal right to know the address of his children?
JA: Have they talked to a New Zealand lawyer about this?
Customer: no
JA: What steps have they taken so far?
Customer: I am just wondering what rights a father has about knowing the address of where his kids live
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Customer: They live with the mother but no legal action has been taken from either party. She has just moved house with the kids and wont tell the father what the new address is. the mother and kids are still in the origional reigion
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I am a New Zealand lawyer based in Wellington and will help you with your question today. Please give me a minute to read the question

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Chris The Lawyer, Expert

She does not need to share her address, because when the children are with her, that is her time. The changeover need not need to be at her home, so while it may be awkward sometimes, this is not unusual for some separated parents

Customer
if she does not need to share the address what information should be shared? does the father have no say on where his children are living?
Customer
For instance, does she need to share what suburb?
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Email and phone should be shared so that contact can be made in urgent circumstances.

Customer
she could take them anywhere in the country and the father doesnt need to know?
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Chris The Lawyer, Expert

No, she cannot do that. She cannot relocate more than about an hours drive away without consent

Customer
the location of the city needs to be shared?
Customer
The father has not been told what city she has moved to and refuses to tell him. Is this okay?
Customer
Not asking for her address, just the city
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Chris The Lawyer, Expert

She needs to confirm she is no further away. If that means city and suburb then she should, but if she has moved further then the father can go to the Family Court to require her to relocate closer, or she may lose custody

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Thank you for your help. Just a few more questions
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Sure

Customer
What would happen in terms of family court, when the relationship ended, the father moved away to where his family is (6 hours away), would this be used against him?
Customer
Would she be able to go to court and make him move closer or lose custody?
Customer
However, she has cut off almost all family ties and support systems outside of support workers for the children.
Customer
Also, he has been paying for her to drive them to him is this legal without her reporting this income to child support services or whoever pays her the child support
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If one party who is not the primary caregiver moved away, then that would be their choice and would make it difficult to get custody and would limit contact. She could not force him him to move closer if he chose to move away. If he pays for the costs of transport that is not income she must declare

Customer
She has no support systems including friends. She has chosen to block out all family members e.g. father, mother, siblings, etc. Also, she is mentally unwell and has previously stated over text to the father about suicidal ideation. Is this grounds for anything?
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Chris The Lawyer, Expert

It means she needs support. If the children are at risk then the father or Oranga Tamariki should intervene

Customer
Thank you for your time, if I have any further questions do I have to pay the $8 again?
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Chris The Lawyer, Expert

I dont have access to the plan you signed for-can you ask***@******.*** for those queries

Customer
okay thank you very much for your help
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Glad to help

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