Can I Move Away with My Kids After Divorce?

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From making tough decisions to navigating new financial realities, there is no denying that divorce can be an incredibly challenging experience—especially when you have kids. In addition to the emotional strain it puts on everyone involved, relocating with children after a divorce can seem insurmountable. That's why we put together this guide to help parents relocating with their kids after divorce.

Moving On: Your Guide to Relocating with Your Kids After Divorce

When a couple divorces, it is often difficult for the children. They may have to move to a new home, change schools, and say goodbye to friends. This can be even more difficult if there are custody issues. If one parent is moving away, the other parent may be concerned about what will happen to the children.

There are many things to consider when relocating with children after a divorce. The first thing to think about is whether it is in the best interests of the children. If the parents can agree on where to move and how it will affect the children, that is often the best solution. If there is a custody dispute, the court will have to decide what is in the best interests of the children.

Some things the court will consider include:

  • The distance between the homes of each parent
  • The age of the children
  • The relationship of each parent with each child
  • The schools each child would attend
  • The distance between each child's home and their friends and family

How Are Child Custody Agreements Affected by Relocation?

When it comes to child custody agreements, one of the most important factors to consider is a parent's decision to relocate. If one parent plans to move away, it can have a significant impact on the custody arrangement. In some cases, the parent who moves may be required to give up custody of the child entirely.

There are a few things that need to be considered when deciding whether to allow a parent to relocate with their child. The first consideration is the child's best interests. The court will look at things like how the move will impact the child's relationship with both parents, as well as with other family members and friends. They will also consider how the move will affect the child's education and overall development.

Another important factor is whether the relocation is reasonable. The court will look at things like how far away the parent is moving, whether they have family or friends in the new location, and whether there are adequate schools and other resources available. If the relocation doesn't seem reasonable, it's likely that the court will deny it.

Ultimately, it's up to the court to decide whether a parent can relocate with their child. If you're considering moving away and have questions about how it could impact your custody agreement, it's important to speak with an experienced attorney.

What Should Parents Consider Before Relocating with Kids After a Divorce?

When making the decision to relocate after a divorce, there are a few things you should consider:

  • First, you need to consider what is best for your children. If you are relocating because of a new job or opportunity, make sure that the move is really in the best interests of your kids. They will likely have to change schools and make new friends, so it's important that they are on board with the move and that it won't be too difficult for them.
  • You also need to think about how the relocation will affect your custody arrangement. If you are moving out of state, you may need to get approval from the court to move away with your children. If your ex-spouse does not want your children to move away with you, you may have to fight for custody to get permission to move away with your kids.
  • Finally, be sure to consider your financial situation. Relocating can be expensive, and you may need to factor in moving costs, housing costs, and other associated expenses. Make sure that you have enough money saved up to make the move without putting too much strain on your budget.

When making the decision to relocate after a divorce, it's important to think about what's best for your kids. You need to consider whether the move is in their best interests, and whether they're on board with it. You also need to think about how the relocation will affect your custody arrangement and whether you have the financial resources to make the move.

To learn more about relocating with your kids after a divorce, call Letterio & Haug, LLP at (845) 203-0997 or contact us online today for a confidential consultation with our experienced child custody attorneys in Dutchess County.

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