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Child custody and relocation: What to know

On Behalf of | Dec 20, 2023 | Family Law

It’s not unusual for someone to want to relocate after a divorce – but divorced parents can seldom make that decision without considering custody issues. 

In Ohio, the law says that any parent who wants to relocate with their child must file a notice of intent to relocate with the court. The court will then notify the non-residential parent about the intended move – and either the court or the non-residential parent may request a hearing on the issue. 

You always have to prioritize the best interests of the child 

The court is obligated to make all custody decisions with the best interests of the children in mind. That means that you have to present your relocation request to the court in terms of how the move will benefit your children – not you.

What sort of reasons might influence the court to see things your way? Consider these examples:

  • You want to move to an area where there are better educational opportunities for your child who either has special needs or is exceptionally gifted.
  • You’re hoping to relocate to an area where you have extended family so that you can take advantage of childcare and the other support that they offer.
  • You’re trying to give your child a fresh start because they’ve experienced bullying or other negative social issues where you are now.
  • You’re moving for an employment opportunity that will allow you to provide your child with a better standard of living.

Child custody disputes can be among the challenging and emotionally tangled issues that divorced parents have to face. Before you take any action, it can help to get an unbiased take on your situation and experienced legal guidance as you plan your approach.