Child custody orders have some points that govern what the parents can do. Generally, these orders have some geographical limitations or requirements, such as having to give notice and agreement from the non-custodial parent if the custodial parent is planning on moving out of the area. If the non-custodial parent objects to the move, the custodial parent might have to seek the court’s approval for the move.
We understand that changing child custody orders is something that most parents will resist simply because they might not want to have to deal with a long court process. Still, in the case of a move out of the area, it is often necessary.
When the custodial parent wants to move out of the area, the court will consider a variety of factors. The main factor that is considered is whether the move is in the child’s best interest or not. If the court doesn’t think that the move is in the child’s best interest, the court might deny the move. In that case, the custodial parent would have to remain in the area to remain in compliance with the court order.
The reasons for needing to move out of the area can vary greatly. A new job, a desire to be closer to a family member or several other reasons might lead to the need to move. If the reason is valid and the move is allowed, the custody and visitation would have to be figured out so the non-custodial parent could still see the child. We can help you with this and any other facet of a child custody modification.