After a divorce or separation, a parent may want to move away with his or her child. However, before this can be done, both parents must consent to this move. If there’s discord between the parents and one disapproves, a move away request must be made. When approved, a move away request allows a child to be moved out of state or country. This allows you to bring your child with you when you move. Yet, if you’re on the other side of the situation, you may feel concerned that your parental rights to see your children are being taken away. No matter where you stand, a family law attorney can fight for your rights, so you are not undermined and the best interests of your child are protected as the move away is considered.
When it comes to move away requests, there are many factors you should be aware of that may affect your standing and your preexisting court-ordered arrangement. The parent with permanent full physical custody of the child, or the custodial parent, typically has a lower burden to meet when making a move away request This can benefit the child, who may have a closer bond with this parent, but is difficult for the other parent, whose parenting time may now be severely limited.
The process for parents who share joint physical custody is typically more complicated. Both parents must consent to the request and there are extensive court processes available to protect the rights of both parents and the child, including a contested court trial. If the non-custodial parent rejects, he or she must prove that the arrangement is not beneficial to the child. Furthermore, the child’s own preferences (depending on age) and situation will be considered as well. It is not simply up to the parents alone: the child, as the subject in question, will likely be the one most affected by the new arrangements.
A court will analyze your situation to determine whether or not to grant the move away request. The following are a few factors that impact the court’s decision:
Whether you’d like to move away with your child or contest your ex-partner’s request, a family law attorney can help you through the process. Our law firm has handled matters related to move away requests and may be able to help you during this difficult transition as well. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.
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