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12.2.3 Reasonable requirement to change place of residence - para (iii)

Last amended 
17 May 2016

If it is unreasonable for the client to move, the employment would not be suitable employment within the meaning of the SRCA. Factors affecting the reasonableness of a requirement to move could include:

  • continuity of school attendance for the client's children
  • existing or potential employment of the client's spouse
  • availability of family support
  • long-standing social networks
  • continuing contact with children after marital separation
  • availability of appropriate and affordable housing
  • access to medical services.

Where a client moves to an area of low employment (without a reasonable explanation such as family support or medical need), it may be appropriate to consider suitable employment in either the new location or the previous location.

This is discussed further at Part 20.18.