What Is Considered Relocation?Relocation may be defined as any move that is more than 100 miles away from the child’s current residence, or a move that changes the child’s school district. Depending on the state, the court may consider any move within the same state as a relocation.
How Does Relocation Affect Child Custody?The court will consider the best interests of the child when making a decision on relocation. The court will consider the following factors:
- The reason for the move
- The potential impact on the child
- The potential impact on the non-custodial parent
- The potential impact on the custodial parent
- The potential impact on any siblings
What Happens If the Other Parent Objects to the Relocation?If the other parent objects to the relocation, the court may hold a hearing to determine whether the relocation is in the best interests of the child. During the hearing, both parents will be able to present evidence and arguments in support of their positions. The court will then make a decision based on the evidence presented.
What If the Relocation Is Approved?If the relocation is approved, the court may modify the existing custody agreement to accommodate it. This could include changes to visitation rights, custody arrangements, or other arrangements. The court may also order the custodial parent to pay for travel expenses for the non-custodial parent to visit the child.
What If the Relocation Is Denied?
If the relocation is denied, the custodial parent will not be able to move with the child. The court may also modify the existing custody agreement to accommodate the non-custodial parent’s objections.
Relocation can be a difficult decision to make, as it can have a significant impact on child custody arrangements. The Law Offices of Mark S. Knutson, S.C. in Brookfield, WI can help you understand the legal implications of relocating with your child. Our experienced attorneys can help you navigate the legal process and ensure that your rights, and those of your child, are protected. Contact us today for a consultation.