Penny's parents separated when she was just 4 years old. Shared parenting meant she spent time with both mum and dad and had a close and loving relationship with each of them. However, when Penny was 11 her mum’s job was relocated abroad. Penny’s dad was worried that if his daughter moved abroad, he would lose the special bond he had with her, so he was reluctant to agree to the move.
Penny’s mum and dad came to mediation to decide what was best for their daughter; they discussed her education, how often they would need to travel to see each other if she lived abroad, and how this would be paid for. They soon agreed that Penny should live with her mum but found a way for Penny to see her dad every month, and during the holidays, using child maintenance payments to cover the travel expenses.