Child Custody & Relocation Issues
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Factors the Court Reviews When Granting Relocation
When both parents agree to the move, all they need to do is file a written agreement with the court that provides the noncustodial parent's consent for the move. Usually, a proposed modification of visitation is given at this time as well. However, most relocation cases are not so simple. When you and your ex-spouse or partner don't agree on the move, you will have to take matters to court. In order for the court to approve a relocation, there must be a valid reason that honors the best interests of the child.
Judges will typically look at the following factors:
- The child's relationship with both parents and other family members
- The preference of the child, if of appropriate age
- The roots the child has developed in the community
- The reason for the move, such as a new job or educational opportunity
- Educational and health needs of the child and how they will be impacted
- The reason why the noncustodial parent is objecting the move
- How the move will impact the time spent with the noncustodial parent
If the court determines that the custodial parent simply wants to move to get away from the noncustodial parent, they will likely not grant the relocation unless domestic violence has occurred.