One of the trickier aspects of divorce is child custody. There’s always hope that with a little give and take the couple can figure out a workable plan that benefits the child. That’s the key issue, after all – the best interests of the child. Both sides may have an array of wants, but the most important issue to consider is what the child needs.
One child custody topic that can quickly send a couple to court is the possibility of relocating. Let’s say a divorced Florida woman gets an amazing job opportunity in Georgia and wants to move there with her two children. This move would ultimately put hundreds of miles between the children and their father, who resides in Florida.
If the issue goes before the court, they will work to determine whether the move is in the best interests of the child. While the job may be an amazing step for the parent, it may not necessarily be enough to persuade the courts. Although laws differ from state to state, if a parent contests the move, the other parent may have to prove that moving away will only minimally impact the child.
No matter what decision the court makes, the outcome may still be a lose-lose situation. A parent may get the green light to move to another state, but that inevitably puts miles between the child and their other parent. In a situation like this, a lawyer can help a parent decide the best course of action, as well as support them through any court proceedings.
Source: The Huffington Post, “6 Things to Expect and Consider When Relocating with Children After Divorce,” Andrea Moore, Dec. 18, 2013