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We are a mobile society and often the custodial parent will need to file a motion in the family court requesting approval for a relocation. Any request to relocate should be supported by documentation demonstrating that you have thought the matter through and that the move is in the child's best interest. To prepare your modification of child custody case, you may wish to include the following:
Know where you will be living and describe the benefits of the neighborhood and the schools the child will attend (photos are helpful);
Research any daycare facilities that you intend to use and include as part of your motion to relocate a brochure or contract from the provider;
If you are moving to improve yourself financially, include information regarding your new job or your planned education including any employment contracts or offers, benefit information or brochures.
If there are any health or medical considerations regarding the relocation, include those as part of your motion. For example, if you are moving to a warmer climate that benefits asthma (yours or the child's) include that in your motion.
If the Court allows the relocation, it often requires the party moving to pay more of the transportation costs related to visitation.
There is no "standard" visitation schedule when the visitation must occur at a distance. Often, however, the courts grant the non-custodial parent extended access times for fall breaks, spring breaks, Christmas breaks and summer months. Agreeing to extended visitation will improve your chances of the court continuing to allow you to have custody of the children.
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