One situation that commonly arises after a couple has been divorced is that the custodial parent wants to move away, and this move may have an impact on the parenting plan. It is crucial that the parent who wishes to move away with the child does so in an appropriate manner that is approved by the court. Relocating with a child can be a very complicated situation, especially if the noncustodial parent contests the move. It is never easy to go to the noncustodial parent and say, “I know you only see our child once a week, but now I want to move across the country and you’ll be seeing them less.” Be prepared for the other parent to bring legal action in this situation.
If you go to court over a relocation matter, you will have to be able to show that the move is in the best interest of the child. Some of the factors that the court will consider is how relocating will impact the child’s academic and social life, the relationship between the child and the noncustodial parent and extended family members, and how the child’s quality of life will change. The parent has to have a valid reason to move away from the noncustodial parent and show that this is in the best interest for everyone.
If you need legal representation in a relocation matter, it is important that you have the guidance of an experienced family law attorney who can provide you with assistance.
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