In an ideal world, there would be no issues after a divorce. Both parties would be able to successfully negotiate major issues and the parents would care for the children without any bitterness. However, sometimes life events happen for Connecticut parents, necessitating a move outside of the state. There is typically not much room for negotiation in this case, which is why the court must approve the move first.
A custodial parent should not plan a move simply out of spite for the other parent. A child deserves to have two parents in his or her life and trying to damage a child’s relationship with a parent is not in his or her best interests. A significant move can affect a parenting plan, so there must be a legitimate reason for it to take place.
When allowing a move, the court will consider factors such as the reasons for the relocation, whether or not the other parent approves, the child’s relationship with both parents and how the move will improve the child’s educational and economic situation. In addition, the court will determine if it will be possible for the noncustodial parent to maintain visitation rights with the child due to the distance.
Relocation and other child custody issues can wreak havoc on the emotions of both the parents and the children. A move is a major decision that should be carefully thought out. It’s important to ensure the best interests of the child are kept in mind. If you feel your move will be beneficial to all parties involved, contact a family law attorney who will fight for your rights.