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What to consider before relocating with a child

Kentucky parents and others may have a need to relocate for work or other purposes. However, if the noncustodial parent has visitation or other rights to a child, the custodial parent may need to get permission to relocate. Whether or not permission is granted depends on whether or not the relocation is in the best interests of the child. This is generally determined based on how far the parent is moving and why the move is taking place.

If the move is a short one that is being made for work purposes, it will likely be approved. The same is true if it means that the child is closer to family members. In some cases, the custodial parent may get permission to relocate by modifying the existing visitation order. For example, the custodial parent could agree to allow for extended visitation periods or agree to meet to do exchanges somewhere convenient for both parents.

A parent will generally need to show that there won't be a significant interruption to the child's life by relocating. Ideally, the custodial parent will know where the child will go to school or what he or she will do for fun. If the child is old enough, he or she may have input into who to stay with after the relocation takes place.

If a dispute arises regarding parenting time or visitation schedules, it may be a good idea for a parent to consult with an attorney. This may be true whether parents have come to an agreement on their own or if negotiations are not yielding any results. A legal professional may offer insight that could lead to an agreement being reached that works for the parents and is also in the best interest of the child.

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