Addressing Parental Relocation in a Child Custody Case

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In a family law case, child custody is frequently one of the most contentious aspects. It can lead to an extended dispute and acrimonious feelings between the parents. One of the most common sources of disagreement is if a custodial parent decides to move out of state.

What Are The Reasons For Relocation?

There are critical points to remember with an out-of-state relocation. People may want to relocate to be closer to their family, for a job, or to start over after the marriage has ended.

Can A Custodial Parent Relocate?

Colorado custody laws can have an impact on a desire to relocate. It might be necessary to come to a new agreement before the relocation attempt is approved. Even in cases in which the non-custodial parent does not object to the relocation, there might still be a custody evaluation. That can include how the move will serve the child’s best interests and other factors.

Factors that Affect Parental Relocation
  • Will it lead to a better quality of life
  • How often the non-custodial parent sees the child
  • If the visitation schedule can be adjusted for the newfound distance
  • If the move is not designed to inhibit the non-custodial parent’s time with the child
  • How costs will be addressed

Can My Ex Prevent Me From Moving?

The non-custodial parent could have objections due to the loss of parenting time and the need to change an arrangement that was already in place. The divorce decree itself should be assessed. In some cases, relocation is specifically discussed. If it is, that may need to be followed or modified.

How Does Relocation Affect A Child?

    The child will be affected, so that too should be considered. If the child is living a better overall life while residing in Colorado, moving out of state could be a negative.

    Legal help may be essential. Discussing the case with a firm experienced in child custody can formulate solutions or take the case to court if necessary. Calling for a consultation can provide information on available options.

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