There are a lot of reasons why a custodial parent would want to relocate: a new job, the opportunity to live closer to family members who can help out, or even just to get a fresh start. But what are the rules?
- Does the secondary parent have to sign off on the move?
- Can the non-custodial parent prevent the move from happening?
- Who pays for the increases in transportation costs that result?
- And should the offer of longer visits during school vacations be enough to placate the parent who gets left behind?
These are tough questions. In fact, if your fists have begun to clench up just thinking about them, I hope you'll take the time to share your thoughts in the comments section below.
In the meantime, when it comes to the answers to these questions, it's important to know that relocation laws differ somewhat from state to state. For some general guidelines about what you can expect, read the FAQ: Can a Custodial Parent Move Out of State?