When you have a child custody agreement, there may be situations when it is necessary to move. This is called relocation, and it may require court approval.
Reasons for relocation
In any circumstance that requires you to move, there may be an impact on the child and the existing custody agreement which is important to consider. You may need to move to pursue a new job opportunity or an educational program at a specific university, may want to move closer to family, or if you remarry or have a significant partner in your life.
In other situations, you may decide to move for economic reasons, like a lower cost of living or a less expensive home, a better school district for your child or healthcare facilities to meet your child’s needs.
It’s important to review your existing child custody agreement and notify your child’s other parent of your intent to move. You may choose to participate in mediation to discuss the terms of the relocation. A mediator, who is a neutral third party, can help you agree on a relocation plan that works for both parents.
If you can’t agree in mediation, you can file a petition for relocation with the court. The court will hold a hearing where you and your child’s other parent can present evidence and arguments.
The court will decide if the relocation is in the child’s best interest. If it is, the court will modify the child custody arrangement that both parents must comply with.