The courts make custody decisions based on the best interests of the children. In most cases, that means having both parents live in the same state, sharing parenting time, and avoiding unnecessary disruption. This way, the child can establish a solid bond with both parents. If you’re thinking of moving to another state with your children, make sure you consult with an attorney first. Also, you’ll need to present a plan for frequent contact and visits. The plan should also show that you’ll support the parent-child relationship.
Another issue that will arise is the education of your children. If you and your ex have shared custody of your kids, you’ll need to show that relocation will improve your kids’ education. You’ll have to present evidence that your new school will be beneficial for your kids.
Relocation can be a major advantage for your kids. Your child’s well-being is the most important factor. Courts will weigh the potential benefits of the new school and new job location against the potential disruption of the non-custodial parent’s visitation rights. This is particularly important if the move will enhance your child’s quality of life. For example, a new job and financial opportunities may increase your ex’s prospects, or a new marriage may provide your ex with a wider family network and childcare for the children.
Relocation restrictions are usually part of the custody orders. This means that the non-custodial parent must either consent to the relocation or object to it. Relocation restrictions can also be included in temporary restraining orders or state laws. Generally, a move across state lines may be viewed as a major move.
While relocation is an inevitable part of life after divorce, it is also a significant concern in many cases. While moving alone is usually easy, relocation with children can be complicated. Children can be scared and even difficult to move with. Moreover, it can affect the non-custodial parent’s visitation and custody rights.