Child custody arrangements are usually set up with the assumption that the parents live within a reasonable distance of each other. While this is the case for many people, there might be instances in which one parent needs to move out of the area. There likely isn’t going to be an issue if the person moving is the non-custodial parent but there can be problems if the parent is the one with whom the children live.
A move that will take the child away from one parent is often considered carefully by the court. Just like when the child custody case was first established, the court will still consider what’s best for the children. It doesn’t really matter what’s best or worst for either parent.
Reason for the move
You can’t just pick up and move because you feel like it. The court is going to look at the reasons for the move. Being able to show that you have legitimate reasons for wanting to leave the area might sway the court in your favor.
Typically, a move that enables you to have a better job is a good thing. The same is true if it will mean you have better housing options or will be closer to other family members who can show your family support.
Impacts on the children
There are several things that a move out of the area might cause. The court is going to look at how it might affect the children. The distance between the child and the non-custodial parent will likely be considered because of the need for the kid and the other parent to have a meaningful relationship. Showing how this can happen might be beneficial to your petition to move.
Another consideration is how the child’s quality of life will be impacted. If there are better schools and more opportunities for the child, the court may consider the move to be a good idea.
As soon as you know that you’re considering a move, you should talk to the other parent. The court may view the advanced notification as a good thing since it shows that you’re willing to work with the other parent.
You also need to think about how you’re going to handle the parenting time schedule and other aspects of the child custody plan that have to change because of the move. Laying out how you plan to address these matters may be beneficial.