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How Relocation Affects Child Custody

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Relocation can be a difficult process for any family, but it can be especially challenging when you are dealing with child custody arrangements. If you are in the process of relocating and have children, understanding the legal implications of the move is essential. At Peterson White, we understand how important it is to ensure that your child custody arrangements are not disrupted. We are here to provide you with the information and resources you need to make sure that your relocation is as smooth as possible.

What Is Considered Relocation?

Relocation is defined as a permanent move that is more than 50 miles away from your current residence. This can include moves within the same state, as well as those that cross state lines. It is important to note that even if the distance is less than 50 miles, if the move is permanent, it can still be considered relocation.

How Does Relocation Affect Child Custody?

When a parent relocates, it can have a significant impact on child custody arrangements. In most cases, the parent that is relocating must obtain permission from the court to relocate with the child. This is done by filing a petition for relocation. The court may then hold a hearing to determine if the relocation is in the best interest of the child.

If both parents agree to the relocation, the court may approve it. However, if one parent objects, the court will consider various factors, such as the relationship between the child and the non-relocating parent, the impact of the relocation on the child, and the reasons for the relocation.

What Are the Legal Requirements for Relocation?

In order to legally relocate with a child, you must provide the court with notice of your intent to relocate. This must be done at least 60 days before the move. You must also provide the court with a detailed plan that outlines how the child will remain in contact with the non-relocating parent. This plan should include information such as how often the child will visit with the non-relocating parent, how communication will be maintained, and any other relevant details.

What If the Court Denies the Relocation?

If the court denies the relocation, the parent that is relocating must either remain in their current location or make alternative arrangements. This could include the non-relocating parent moving to the same location or the parents agreeing to a modified custody arrangement.

How Can Peterson White Help?

At Peterson White, we understand the complexities of relocation and child custody. Our experienced family law attorneys can help you navigate the legal process and ensure that your rights are protected. We can also help you negotiate a relocation agreement that is in the best interest of the child. Relocating with children can be a difficult process, but with the help of the experienced family law attorneys at Peterson White, you can take steps to ensure that your relocation goes well. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help.