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Relocation in child custody cases

All decisions concerning a child need to be made keeping their best interests in mind. The same goes for arrangements regarding child custody. When a custodial agreement is made, the parent with the primary custody is expected to remain in the same city or state. Relocation of the child may affect the child negatively.

Child custody agreements may already be stressful for the child; relocation might just make it worse. Relocation can affect the relationship of the child with the parent without primary custody. In that case, the non-custodial parent has the right to formally file a complaint.

Often agreements on relocation are set at the time of the child custody proceedings. This avoids any complications that could arise in the future. Since all visitation schedules are pre-planned, the custodial parent needs to inform the non-custodial parent about the planned move. If the non-custodial parent is not on board with the move, he or she may take the matter to court. It is also possible for the non-custodial parent to accept the relocation of the child and custodial parent.

If a complaint is filed and the case is taken to court, there are many aspects that will be given attention. The reason behind relocation is crucial to the case. If the custodial parent is moving for an employment opportunity, then there is a higher possibility that the court will allow it. You may seek guidance from legal counsel on the matter. An experienced attorney can help you understand your rights.

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