Is relocation with a child possible?

During a divorce, parents are often concerned about the well-being of their children. They do not want their children to become upset during this difficult time. It can be hard to gauge a child’s reaction to the issue of divorce. When it comes to divorce, it is best to act respectfully toward one another in front of the child. This can help eliminate any turmoil in their lives and prevent them from acting out. Once divorces are complete, children have to adapt to a new life. This involves a new everyday routine due to the separate living of their parents.

Child custody arrangements are made to enforce the child’s time with each parent. This is to get them on a regulated schedule and to ensure that their best interests are being taken care of. However, as former spouses move on with their lives, certain situations can cause them to consider relocation.

Why might a parent consider to relocate with a child?

As life continues on for divorced parents, they act as two separate individuals instead of a married couple. This allows for them to come across different opportunities. Some individuals may consider remarriage with the right person. Other individuals may consider a possible job opportunity that they never have before. These factors, among others, may lead the individuals to relocate. However, relocation can become difficult when a child custody arrangement is involved.

If my former spouse has physical custody, can they relocate?

If your former spouse has physical custody of your child, you can still file a legal action to bring them to court if they are planning to relocate with your child. Although they may have physical custody, you may still have visitation rights. Your visitation rights may be interfered with by their relocation with your child. Due to this, a court may not see it fit. The court wants to push for the child to have open communication and to develop relationships with both parents. A relocation may hinder this.

If you have legal custody of your child, you are still involved in their major decisions in life. Your legal custody grants you the right to decide on important matters, such as their education. A relocation will affect this decision due to a different school district or too far a distance from their former school.

When these matters are brought to court, they will continue to make decisions based on the child’s best interests to ensure their safety. If you have a spouse that is trying to locate with your child, reach out for legal help. This can help you get a clearer view of what is possible for your situation.

Our firm understands that so much of your future is on the line in matters of divorce, family law, bankruptcy, and estate planning. Before taking any sort of legal action, it is important to discuss your legal matter with an experienced attorney. Contact The Radol Law Firm to discuss any divorce and family law matters you may be faced with.