Child custody arrangements can often be the most difficult part of the divorce process. When one parent moves out of state – whether due to a job transfer or other personal reason – a new custody agreement gets harder to draft and an existing agreement must often be revised.
The hardest cases are when both parents are good parents and involved with their children, but they live several hours, or several states, apart. In those cases, the court will look at:
- The quality of the schools;
- Which parent has the best support network;
- Where the child has been living, and how a move would affect the child;
- How the move would affect the child’s relationship with the parent left behind;
- Whether the parties have the resources to cover travel expenses for visitation;
- And similar issues.
It’s a good idea to discuss the move with the attorney representing you in your divorce.