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After an exhausting divorce battle, you may be ready to pack up all of your items, grab your children and move far away from your ex-spouse. Although relocating is an option, most of the time, when kids are involved, the custodial parent cannot move away without the other parent’s consent.
Relocating can make it more difficult for the other parent to see the children. Often, relocation is discussed before the custody agreement is made. Either the parents agree, or the family court judge decides that the custodial parent has to live within a particular area.
If you did not discuss relocation in your child custody hearing, you will have to request permission from the court before relocating. The court will consider these 5 factors before making its final ruling.
Once the judge has weighed the options, he or she will make a decision. To fully answer the question above, you would not need your ex-spouse’s permission, but it is wise to seek written consent from the non-custodial parent. Otherwise, you will have to file a court order for permission to relocate.
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