Being awarded custody of your child is a good thing, but it is a lot of responsibility to take on by yourself. As a parent of a child, you are responsible for making smart decisions that will not affect your child negatively in the present or the future. These smart choices include deciding where your child will live.
When parents are awarded custody, they sometimes wish to move away with their child immediately following the court's decision or after some time has passed. Whether it be for work, to spite the other parent or personal reasons, their own needs may be all that's on their mind. This means that they do not think about how moving away may affect their child or the child's relationship with the other parent. The parent may not realize this, but this is something that is unfair and may not be the best decision for them or the child because of the issues they may face with the child and the other parent.
Even though a parent is allowed to move away with their child, they need to be approved to do so beforehand. If the noncustodial parent does not agree to let them move away, they can dispute this and then the decision is left up to the courts. With the courts often times making a decision based on what is in the best interest of the child, they too may disagree with your decision to move away.
If you have custody of your child and are considering moving away, you may want to speak to an attorney about what needs to be done before your move, but also how this move may affect your child. You want to do what is in the best interest of your child and moving away may not be it. An attorney at the Law Offices of Dorie A. Rogers can help you explore your custody options and make a decision about whether or not you will move away with your child.