Perhaps you received a promotion at work that requires you to relocate across the state.
Since you are the custodial parent, your young son will relocate with you, but only with the permission of a judge. How will you win the approval of the court?
The best interests standard
When you bring your relocation request before the court, the judge will make a decision based on the best interests of your son. This is standard procedure and speaks to a custody arrangement that is best for the needs of the child.
Factors the court considers
The court will consider the age of your son and the type and amount of care he needs. The judge will also want to determine how disruptive the move will be due to the change in his current routine. Prepare for the court to explore your parenting skills, including your ability to provide your son with shelter, food, clothing, emotional support and parental guidance.
Information for the court
You must provide backup to prove your relocation request is legitimate and that you have the best interests of your son at heart. First, provide the court with a letter from your employer confirming the need to relocate for a new and better-paying position. Offer details about the new community including the school your son will attend and the availability of new friends and extracurricular activities he will enjoy. It is also important to furnish the court with details about the visitation plans you worked out with the other parent that will enable both of you to spend quality time with the boy. If the court is convinced that you have your child’s best interests in mind, the judge will approve your request for relocation and child custody agreement modification.