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Can you move with your child to a new state after divorce?

On Behalf of | Dec 15, 2022 | Divorce

After divorce, parents typically create a custody agreement with the thought that each parent would be relatively close, making it easy for both parents to spend time with their child. However, in some cases, parents may not be close, especially when one parent is planning on moving to another state.

There are many reasons why someone would want or need to move after a divorce. For one, many people share incomes with their spouses and that can make it easier to pay bills, which can become difficult after divorce. Another reason is that some people move to start fresh without any reminders of their marriage. And some people divorce because there were plans to move already set in motion, say for a job, a new home or military training.

Whatever the case may be, many parents want to relocate with their children. This can make it difficult for the other parent who may want to continue their relationship with their child without the hassle of driving long hours to see them. This can make parents wonder if they can move after divorce and take their child with them.

Here’s what you should know:

Making new arrangements with your child’s other parent

When you first decide to move to another state while considering taking your child, you’ll have to have a discussion with your ex-spouse. This conversation may need to address how far the move will be and what that means for parents. If everyone is in agreement about and you can take your child when you move, then you’ll likely need to redress a child custody arrangement.

If your child’s other parent isn’t willing to make changes to a custody arrangement for your move, then you’ll need to make a few considerations. First, you’ll have to look at who has physical and legal custody of your child and how moving affects the best interests of your child.

Having sole legal and physical rights could mean you have more say when relocating with your child. However, if you don’t have either legal or physical custody, then you may need to know your parental rights. No matter what, ensuring you’re taking the right steps to care for your child is important, which may mean reaching out for legal help.