Child custody and relocation: Know your legal rights

As a custodial parent, there may come a time when you want to relocate with your child. While this sounds simple enough, you know one thing to be true: It can put a lot of stress on your child custody situation.

If you move with your child, it means that they will be forced to have a long-distance relationship with the other parent. However, there may be times when you have no choice but to make this decision, such as if you are required to move for your job.

Here are some things you need to know:

  • Create a proposed visitation schedule: You will need to show the court that you're doing your part in allowing your child to visit with the other parent in the future. Your proposed schedule should include both times and places for visitation with the noncustodial parent.
  • Distance may come into play: It's possible your relocation could be limited by distance. For example, the court may determine that you are only permitted to relocate within 100 miles of your current location.
  • Proof that the move is a good idea: You may have to show that moving is good for the child, such as to provide a better education or move to an area with a better cost of living.

Even if you don't plan on it right now, there could come a point when you want to relocate with your child after divorce.

If this time comes, don't hesitate to learn more about your legal rights and how to improve the chance of receiving the court's approval.

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