Child custody and moving with or without your child

When it comes to matters of child custody, there will always be a lot on your plate. This is particularly true if you want to make a change in the future. For example, you may one day decide that you want to move out of the area. It doesn’t matter if you are doing so on your own or want to take the child, there are questions that need answered before you begin to pack your bags.

First things first, you need to ask yourself this question: What can you do to avoid a dispute with the other parent? This person may have a say with regard to your move, so it is best to work them into the equation as soon as possible. If you are able to talk about this up front, it could help you avoid a lot of stress and hassle down the road, such as a court hearing.

If you are the child’s guardian and have a move on your mind, you are required to tell the other parent if:

  • you have a court order detailing the arrangement.
  • you plan to move, either with the child or alone.
  • the move would impact the child’s relationship with the other parent.

Once you give notice, you are not done just yet. If a disagreement remains, the law states that you must do your best to work things out.

Child custody can make it difficult to pick up and move. Not only are there court requirements to consider, but you have to think about the impact it will have on you and your child.

Source: Legal Services Society, “Can you move — With or without your child?,” accessed Dec. 17, 2015

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