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Moving with your child after divorce: Complications

You've gotten a divorce, and you settled your child custody and visitation arrangements with your ex. Everything is going well when you get the call that you've been promoted. Now, the company wants to move you across the country.

You know taking the new job will give you a much higher income and a better ability to provide for your child, but you don't want to give up time with your child. You don't think it's a good idea to leave your child in your ex's primary custody, especially since you fought so hard to get primary custody. What should you do?

Relocating isn't always easy

Understand that relocating with your child may not be a simple task. Forcing a long-distance relationship between your child and the other parent is a complicated thing to do. The courts don't always look kindly on these major moves, and it's up to you to prove that the move is what's best.

Start by talking to your ex about the opportunity you've been given. If you can truly provide a better life to your child, he or she may be open to your relocation and agree to digital visitation or visitation during holidays or summer break. It's easier if the distance isn't insurmountable. For instance, living on the other side of Texas or in a neighboring state is different than saying you want to move across the country.

A move is a substantial change in your child's life, too. The court wants to know that this move is not only necessary but something that's in your child's best interests. If you will be working long hours, the court might decide to give primary custody to the other parent since more money in your pocket doesn't necessarily mean a better situation for your child.

These are a few things to think about if you're offered the chance to relocate. Keep them in mind if you want to petition the court. An experienced family law attorney can review your situation and recommend the best course of action for you.

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