Relocating can be a stressful time for both parents. While it may be the best option for the children, it also creates a new set of logistical challenges. In addition to the long distance, the usual visitation schedule won’t work. You might need to work out additional concessions with your ex, such as long weekends and holidays. Also, consider seeking the help of a mediator.
First, it’s important to establish why relocation is in the best interests of the children. It’s not enough to say that the new location is better for your children; you have to show the courts why it is. It may be that a new state offers a better job opportunity, family support, or even better schools for your kids. In addition, you need to present a plan for continuing contact and visits with your children. You also need to prove that you are devoted to the parent-child relationship.
If you can’t agree on a visitation schedule, you can always object to your ex moving to another state with your kids. However, this will look bad in court. If you can’t agree with your ex’s relocation, you will need to ask the judge to intervene.
If your ex wants to move with your kids, you’ll have to convince the court that it’s in the children’s best interests. This requires filing a relocation petition with the court. Generally, relocation requests are approved if the non-custodial parent sees his or her children at least twice a month or once a week.
The court will also consider your financial capacity to move. It’s important to consider that a cross-country flight costs more than a PATH train. In addition, the court will consider the relationship between the non-custodial parent and the child. This is a significant factor in the court’s decision on whether to grant your ex’s request to move to another state with your children.
Relocation cases can be complicated and highly emotional. If you are not familiar with the legal system and the court process, relocation cases can be overwhelming and confusing. Make sure you understand the custody order and the relocation process before you decide how to proceed. There are ways to help you navigate the process and get the custody you deserve.
Moving with children is a big deal. Even if your ex wants to move to a new state with your children, you may have to comply with the court’s wishes. However, it is important to remember that relocation can also affect your children and their visitation.