Parental Relocation and Child Custody
Establishing a child custody agreement that works for everyone involved can be one of the most difficult and heartbreaking aspects of any divorce. The process can become even more confusing when one parent decides to relocate. Regardless of the reason for moving, a parent’s decision to relocate can have an impact on a court’s decision regarding child custody arrangements.
Cases in which one parent feels that the other’s decision to move away may negatively affect their child will often prompt additional scrutiny from a judge regarding the final custody agreement. Along with the child’s well-being, there are a number of factors that courts will take into consideration when deliberating over a case in which a parent wants to move away.
Court Elements of Granting a Move-Away Order
Some situational elements that courts will consider in cases involving parental relocation include:
- Age of the child
- Community ties
- Special educational needs
- Health needs
- Distance of move and reason for move
- Child’s preference, when appropriate
Parental relocation cases and move-away orders are often far more involved than divorcing parents may anticipate. There are certain steps a parent wanting to relocate must take in order to avoid legal ramifications. Even if both parents agree to the move, changes in the existing child custody arrangement may be necessary to accommodate the relocation.
Contact a Child Custody Attorney in The Woodlands
If you or your ex-spouse is considering relocation and may be facing subsequent modification to the child custody agreement in place, The Woodlands child custody attorneys at the BB Law Group PLLC, can offer valuable assistance in coming to new terms that are agreeable to all parties. To speak to an attorney and discuss your legal options, call (832) 534-2589.