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Do you have a plan in place for relocating with your child?

Perhaps your employer has offered you a new job, but it means you and your ten-year-old son would have to move out of the Pittsburgh area.

Do you have a plan in place that will convince the court that relocation would provide benefits for your child?

Making changes

It is not unusual for divorced parents to request a modification to their existing child custody order. Changes happen in life. You do not want to pass up the promotion your employer is offering, but you must assure the court that your son will benefit from relocation and that you can modify periods of visitation with the other parent, as necessary.

Maintaining the best interest standard

The court will always consider a request that modifies a custody agreement to be in the best interests of the child. A judge will not want relocation to unduly disrupt a child’s life and will consider certain factors:

– the age of the child

– the distance between old home and new home

– how the move will affect the child’s quality of life

Preparing a successful plan

You should prepare to give the court details about the new home, the neighborhood, the school your son will attend and his prospects for making new friends. A judge will want to know about travel plans that will allow him to spend as much time as possible with the non-custodial parent. The modification to your child custody agreement must prove that relocation will benefit your son, and with legal guidance, you can put together a plan the court will approve.