Many divorced or legally separated parents with joint child custody eventually want to move to take advantage of a new job opportunity, different lifestyle, location closer to family and friends, or other circumstances. Relocation can be complicated when minors are involved, and one parent may or may not get the blessing of the other parent, the court, or both. So if you have joint custody and are thinking of moving a long distance, be sure to consult right away with an experienced Chandler relocation attorney.
Where to start if you are considering relocation
First, think before you act. When deciding whether to move to another county, state, or country with your children, be sure to think about how relocation might affect them. Also realize that you could lose primary custody altogether. Experts agree that the best situation for youngsters is having mom and dad living as close together geographically as possible. This enables the children to have what Arizona courts call “frequent and continuing contact” with both parents.
Living next door to each other is not always practical or desirable. On the other hand, living a long distance apart makes co-parenting harder and inevitably decreases the frequency of contact. Even if the court were to allow a move, longer but less-frequent visits with each parent would soon become the norm, such as spending the school year with mom and school breaks with dad. It’s not the ideal living situation, but it is doable.