How Far Can a Parent Move With Joint Custody?

Family Lawyer | June 20, 2023 | Written by Crystal Arbour

When it comes to parenting, the well-being of children is always a top priority. This is especially true in cases involving shared parenting time and parental relocation. Several factors must be considered when determining how far a parent can move with shared parenting time. As experts in family law, the Linley Welwood team acknowledges the complexity of shared parenting time. Our lawyers have gathered information on how far can a parent move with joint custody to help you understand your rights.

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Factors to Consider When Determining How Far a Parent Can Move With Shared Parenting Time

1. Child’s Relationship With Each Parent

If one parent has been more involved in the child’s life more than the other, it may not be in the child’s best interest to relocate too far away from that parent. Additionally, relocation may negatively affect their emotional and social development if the child has established strong ties within their current community or school system.

2. Best Interests of the Child

The primary consideration is typically the best interests of the child. The court will examine how the move would impact the child’s relationship with each parent and their education and social life. Moving may not be allowed if the move will significantly disrupt the child’s life or negatively affect their emotional well-being.

3. Distance of the Proposed Move

Moving away may not be an issue if they live relatively close to each other, as long as it does not disrupt the child’s routine or affect their relationship with either parent; however, this could become problematic if the distance is significant enough to require a major change in visitation arrangements or travel expenses. The distance in which a child can move away from a parent will also depend on whether or not there is court ordered parenting time or a separation agreement in place that must be adhered to.

4. Age and Health of the Child

Younger children may require more frequent contact with both parents, while older children may have established routines and friendships in their current location that they do not want to disrupt. Additionally, if a child has any medical conditions or special needs, moving to a new area could impact their access to healthcare services and support networks.

5. Child’s Education

If moving would cause significant disruptions to the child’s schooling or require them to change schools frequently, it may not be in their best interest. Parents should collaborate to develop an arrangement for continued educational stability.

If you want to know more about shared parenting time, do not hesitate to contact Linley Welwood. We are dedicated to delivering outstanding services that go beyond your anticipations. You can reach us by completing our online contact form.

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