• When a Parent Moves Away

All sorts of situations can cause a person to need to move from one place to another. Sometimes it may only be a few miles, sometimes another county, sometimes entirely different state. These moves may be predicated by job loss or gain, for health reasons or for the need to take care of another family member. While moves are stressful in any situation, add children to the mix and you’ve just amped up the volume. When that child or those children are part of a divorced family, moving comes with a whole new set of details to be considered.

Parenting across state lines is a challenge, but not impossible. If the custodial parent is the only person involved in the daily life of the child, things might be a little easier. If, on the other hand, both parents are actively involved in the child’s life there will be many things to take into consideration about how the situation is best resolved.

Most often the deciding factor will be left in the hands of the judge. State laws will vary as each state has a statute that specifically addresses relocation. Also, not to be taken lightly, is the decision about whether or not relocating the children will improve their quality of life. Would there be an significant increase in income? Would extended family be able to help fill in the void of the missing parent? What are the schools like and what kind of advantages does the new area offer to children? These are all very real considerations.

The courts will not look kindly at a custodial parent who is moving simply to take revenge on the former spouse. There need be a sufficient reason for uprooting the family. A move like this will have a significant impact on a child. It’s important to take stock of what is really in their best interest.