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Can you and your child move to another state?

If you are a divorced Michigan parent whose company is planning to transfer you to another state, you may be nervous or even apprehensive about how your former spouse is going to react to your proposed relocation. Nevertheless, FindLaw explains that any time you want or need to move 100 or more miles from your present residence, whether or not it is to another state, the first thing you should do is advise your child’s other parent of your plans. If your former spouse refuses to give his or her consent, you will need to go to court and have a custody hearing to obtain a judge’s permission to move.

How can you keep your family together after relocating?

Divorced Michigan parents may not always want or be able to stay in the same location after a divorce. This is where the expertise of Lisa Stern can benefit you. We can help you look through the possible problems that can result from a post-divorce relocation, and the tools you can use to combat them.

What is a move-away case?

When parents in Michigan divorce, it leaves a lot of potential questions about how life with their child will proceed. For example, you may wish to relocate eventually, but the process of relocating with a child you have joint custody over may be more complex than you expect.

How does parental relocation affect the parenting plan?

Whether you share custody of your child or you have sole custody, you may have a parenting plan in place that allows the non-custodial parent to visit your child on certain scheduled days. In many cases, it is important for a child to maintain a healthy relationship with both parents, and spending time with the child fosters that bond. When a parent chooses to move a distance away from the child, however, the parenting plan may have to be modified to reflect changes in the visitation schedule. In fact, parental relocation of either the custodial or noncustodial parent can mean significant changes for everyone involved.

Understanding the legalities of parental relocation

Many divorce settlements and parenting plans include clauses that restrict parents from transporting their shared children certain distances without the permission of the other parent. This includes situations where one parent wishes to move to an area that places the parents farther away from one another, according to Michigan legislation. At the Law Offices of Lisa Stern, we understand that life circumstances change, and that parental relocation may become an issue at some point.

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