Relocating with Children After a Divorce
People’s lives can change substantially after a divorce and, in some cases, relocating for a new job or to be closer to family may be absolutely necessary. If you share custody of your children, however, this is not a straightforward situation.
One of your first options would be to discuss the relocation with your former spouse and try to work out a new visitation plan that allows your ex to maintain a meaningful relationship and bond with the children. That said, if you cannot work out a new agreement, you can still take the matter to court.
How Courts Decide on a Relocation
When deciding any child-related matter, courts always consider the best interests of the children. The moving parent must demonstrate that the move will serve the children’s best interests and that the move is in good faith rather than an attempt to harm the other parent’s bond with the children.
Here are some circumstances in which a judge may consider granting such a request:
- An opportunity for increased income or a new job
- An educational opportunity
- Closer proximity to extended family, which can offer more support and care for the children
There are also several factors a judge will examine when rendering a decision:
- The strength of the children’s relationship with both parents
- The developmental needs of the children
- How moving will impact the children’s quality of life
- If it is practical or desirable for the other parent to move at the same time
- The children’s preference may be considered if they are mature enough
If you wish to relocate with your children, do not hesitate to seek the assistance of an experienced family law attorney.
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