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What are my legal obligations if I need to move?

On Behalf of | Jan 1, 2024 | Child Custody |

There are many single parents in the Cincinnati area who are doing their best to raise their children.

In addition to full-time parenting, they also must figure out how best to support themselves and their children both financially and emotionally.

The parent of course has other personal desires and obligations, such as wanting to maintain a relationship with their extended relatives.

These factors may require a person to consider a move to another part of Ohio or out of state.

For example, a custodial parent may have a great job opportunity that promises a brighter future for themselves and their children. Perhaps the parent wishes to move closer to grandparents and other relatives for additional support.

If a parent needs to move, they should first read over their divorce decree or their custody order carefully. The order may include important information about what they must do if they are planning to move.

Also, Ohio has a law which requires in most cases that the parent with whom the child lives, called the residential parent, notify the court if they are planning to move.

Again, in most cases, the court will send the notice to the child’s other parent. However, there is an exception for certain situations involving domestic violence.

The court may also set a hearing to decide whether the move is in the child’s best interests. The court will likely use this option to review the parenting plan if the other parent objects to the move.

At the hearing, the court will consider several factors when deciding the best interests of the child. Among other things, the court will consider the distance of the move and the reasons for the move.

Relocation cases are often complicated and important affairs

No parent wants to be in a situation where they must choose between making an important move and continuing their full-time care of their children.

Usually, the whole point of a move is to improve life for one’s family. However, particularly if the other parent opposes the move, it can be complicated to convince a judge of this.

A parent contemplating a move should early on understand their legal options and be prepared to explain how their move will benefit their children.