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In life, things rarely happen the way we would expect. Following a divorce, many people hope for a fresh start, which sometimes comes unexpectedly through relocation. Perhaps you or your ex-spouse got a different job, or one of your parents needs full-time care in another state. While relocating might be necessary, it can also be messy, continuing to complicate and already difficult child custody scenario.
As a noncustodial parent, you might be worried you will not be able to keep a healthy, deep relationship with your child from so far away. As a custodial parent, you might be anxious that a dispute about relocation could injure your child’s emotional well-being. No matter your situation, you will need to have our compassionate moving attorney in Raleigh to represent your case. Get in touch with Hopper Law Office as soon as possible.
Boundaries for Moving with Your Child
Usually, when people are just moving across town, or even to another home in a nearby city or county, it is unnecessary to go to court for permission. It is important to remember, however, that Raleigh requires most families to stay within certain geographic boundaries to keep the terms of their child custody agreements. Therefore, if you or your spouse wants to move, it is important to ensure the relocation occurs within those boundaries.
In the scenario that you need to move farther away, or even out of state or to another country, this is a much larger decision that could drastically change the life of your child, for better or for worse. Carefully consider all the benefits and disadvantages and make a pro/con list before discussing them with your ex-partner.
How the Court Determines Custody When One Parent Wants to Move
While it would be hopeful that the parents could come to some sort of agreement regarding location, there is often conflict between the two parties. If the disagreement is irreconcilable about where the child is going to live, the court will decide on the child’s behalf.
No matter how convincing the parents’ arguments may be for their own desire to leave or stay, ultimately the court will only decide based on which scenario serves the child’s best interests.
Some examples which the court will consider include:
- Whether the relocation has more advantages or disadvantages towards the child’s development
- The parent’s motive and desire for the relocation
- The probability that the custodial parent will keep the agreement orders for visitation even when they move
- The reasoning for the other parent resisting the relocation
Security in Unpredictable Times
Since life is unpredictable, you can only hope to protect your family by being as prepared as possible. When your brand-new beginning develops in surprising ways, such as in the form of relocation by you or your spouse, you do not need to feel blindsided, so long as you have our moving Lawyer in Raleigh to represent you. Here at Hopper Law Office, we are ready to fight for your family’s best interest no matter what.
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