Parental time with children is critical for several reasons. Not only does it help to maintain a strong bond between a parent and child, but it also proves to be beneficial to the child's mental and emotional growth.
For those parents navigating co-parenting after a divorce, it is important to be aware of the different aspects of the relationship. Particularly with regard to relocation, there are a few important things to consider.
For parents who have a positive co-parenting relationship, it may be possible to work out the terms of the relocation among themselves. The parent seeking to relocate should inform the other parent as soon as it is a possibility. Including the other parent in the decision may allow them to come to an agreement together. In such cases, they can compose and file a modification agreement with the court quite easily.
In situations where a parent is not in agreement with the other parent relocating with the children, the parent looking to relocate will have to seek a custody modification through the court. This process includes several steps, including filing a formal petition with the court, officially notifying the other parent, and arguing the case in court.
In order to make a successful argument, the petitioning parent must be able to argue that the relocation will positively affect the child. More importantly, a petitioning parent must be able to disprove any claims that the move will have a negative effect on the child. If a parent can show that the move provides benefits to the child beyond the parent having more financial stability, the parent may have a strong case.
Life after divorce can be challenging. However, when parents can find a way to work together to effectively co-parent, they can maintain stability for the children and a positive environment for all.