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Relocating can be complicated after a divorce

After a divorce, it’s not uncommon for a person to want to get a fresh start. For instance, you may decide to leave California for a job in another state. Alternatively, you may decide to move to another part of the state to be closer to friends or family members. Of course, if you share a child with your former spouse, you’ll need to take your son or daughter’s needs into account before relocating.

What does your parenting plan say about relocating?

Your parenting plan will likely outline the various criteria that need to be met before you can move with your child. If your former spouse is the one who is taking the child to a new city or state, the plan will outline your rights during the process. In some cases, parenting plans will require the parent who is moving with the child to obtain permission before doing so. It may also be necessary to obtain approval from a family law judge prior to relocating with a minor.

Why are you moving?

A child custody and visitation agreement may specify that you can only relocate with your son or daughter for specific reasons. For instance, if your son or daughter is going to be closer to extended family members, a court may allow you to take your child to a different city or state. This is because allowing your kid to move with you would likely be in his or her best interest.

Prior to moving, be sure to review your custody or visitation agreement to ensure that you are in compliance with its rules. It is a good idea to talk to your child’s other parent to make sure that you both understand how the move may impact an existing arrangement.