Child Custody: When One Divorced Parent Wants To Relocate

Divorce is already complicated. Add to that the possibility of one parent wanting or needing to move and things get even more complex, especially when children are involved. In one ruling in Colorado, the court distinguished the difference between if a parent moves during the initial proceedings, or after a custody agreement has already been reached. During the initial proceedings it would be easier for a parent to relocate. Once a visitation schedule is established, however, the rules on relocating become more strict because a child is already used to a certain arrangement.

In Alabama the court considers the quality of relationship between the child and both parents as well as the child’s needs and preferences. It tries to determine if a relocation will enhance the child’s quality of life and how the child will communicate with the non-relocating parent. To learn more about these issues read here