Can I Move with My Children After a Divorce?


A lot about your life will likely change in the aftermath of your divorce. If you do not share children with your former spouse, moving on will come with fewer obstacles. However, if you do have kids, even the simple act of moving to a new residence may come with some complications. If you wish to relocate with your children, you will need the approval of the court to do so and you must prove that it is in their best interests.

Before petitioning the court for a modification to your child custody order, consider discussing the matter with your former spouse. If you can reach an agreement, you will still need the approval of the court, but the process will be exceptionally easier and less stressful.

Factors a Judge Will Consider in a Relocation Case

If you cannot reach an agreement with your ex, you can petition the court to relocate with your children. Family courts generally believe stability is in a child’s best interests, so you will need some compelling evidence to support that.

Here are some of the factors a judge will consider:

  • The quality of the children’s relationship with each parent as well as any other extended family members
  • The age and maturity of the children
  • The intent of the parent who wishes to move and the parent who opposes the move
  • If it is possible for the other parent to relocate as well
  • The quality of life the children may enjoy as a result of the relocation
  • The impact relocation will have on the children’s educational development
  • The impact relocation will have on the children’s relationship with their parents
  • Any other relevant factors that may impact the children

If you cannot prove that the move is in your children’s best interests, it can block the relocation. If successful, your ex-spouse may have more limited visitations.

Reach Out to Our Family Law Team to Discuss the Details of Your Relocation Case

If you wish to relocate with your children, this will have a substantial impact on your custody order and, as such, requires the approval of the court. At The Springer Law Firm PLLC, our experienced family law team will help you navigate this process, so you can move with your children to pursue better opportunities that serve their best interests as well. With more than 85 years of combined legal experience on our side, you can feel confident that you will receive the best possible results for your relocation case.

Call our law office today at (281) 990-6025 to request an initial consultation with one of our attorneys.

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