In an increasingly mobile society, people frequently move for a vast number of reasons. For the recently divorced, moving might be necessary to obtain a better job to make up for the loss of two sources of income, or perhaps this is the best way to make a fresh start. Whatever the reasons might be, moving can create some problems if you share children with your ex-spouse, particularly if the move is far or out of state. If your parenting plan currently allows your ex-spouse visitation every other weekend, your relocation will clearly interfere with this.
For the parent who would like to relocate, he or she can file for a modification of the existing custody order to request permission for the move as well as a new parenting plan. However, the parent who is staying can file a request with the court as well to attempt to prevent the relocating parent from taking the children.
You do not necessarily need to take this issue to court. In fact, you and your ex-spouse can try hashing out the details in mediation. If you are not able to reach an agreement, you will have a hearing in court where a judge will decide if the move serves the best interests of the children and if it will provide a better quality of life and a stable environment.
The more evidence you provide, the better you will appear, so attend your hearing with as much information as possible.
At Grant Legal Group PA, our legal team is experienced and committed to helping clients effectively resolve a wide range of matters. Our goal is to help you decide on a legal course of action that protects your best interests and your family.
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