Parental relocation is a difficult subject when it involves taking a child a distance away from his other parent. Your ex may not be happy to hear that you want to move, even though it means you’ll have a better job to provide for your child. The fact is, if your ex wants to put up a fight, he can. He can push to keep you in the area or state, so you can’t put too much of a distance between him and your child. There are a few things you can do to help make sure the court rules in your favor, though.
1. Get educated on parental relocation
The first thing you should do is to get educated on parental relocation. Understand what it means to relocate and how it affects your child. Encourage a discussion with your ex about the relocation, and listen to the reasons he doesn’t want you to do it. You should talk to your attorney about your plans, and listen to any advice that he or she gives you. It’s important to consider how the law will look at your case as well as how it will affect you directly.
2. Be considerate and have a plan
It’s important to be attentive to your ex when you decide you want to relocate. You should have a plan for visitation. If that means that your child goes to visit his dad for three months in the summer and during school breaks, then that might need to become the new arrangement. You’ll need to work out a plan that makes everyone as happy as possible. You’re moving away, but that doesn’t mean you get to cut off your ex’s relationship with your child.
3. Have a good reason for moving
No court is going to allow you to go away with your child without a good reason. Just wanting a fresh start isn’t enough. You’ll need to show that your quality of life improves in the new location, either by sending your child to a better school, getting a better job, going back to school yourself, being closer to family who helps you care for your child or other major considerations.
Your attorney can help you present your case to the court when it’s time. With the right evidence and support, the court may decide your move is in your child’s best interests.