The COVID-19 pandemic has turned everyone’s lives upside down?
With schools closed and businesses shuttered, many families have had to relocate in order to be near family or friends who can help with childcare.
As the pandemic reached epidemic proportions, people all over started moving out of cities and into cheaper areas.
They traded their cramped apartments for country homes or downtown locations that were more affordable because they could be found at lower cost than previous listings–the same way an animal would move when there’s danger nearby.
This has led to a lot of confusion and frustration, as parents try to figure out what is best for their children, especially those who also have to adhere to the terms of a custody agreement.
Before the pandemic hit, attorneys saw an upswing in the number of relocation requests before the Court.
With the majority of people working from home, the urge to relocate has quadrupled since the pandemic hit.
Because Covid has a lot of people reexamining every single aspect of their life. Including living in a different place that would bring them more joy, fulfillment, financial and family support.
The problem is Judges aren’t too keen on uprooting settled children.
What happens in these situations?
Aside from abuse, violence or some other endangering behavior, it’s hard enough for anyone to assert convincingly to a Judge that a child should be removed from a parent willing to co-parent.
What Can Parents Do If They Want To Relocate With Their Children But Share Custody?
If you’re a parent who is considering relocating, there are a few things you need to keep in mind.
First and foremost, you’ll need to consult with the other parent. If you’re on good terms with your ex, try and sit down with them and explain your plans to relocate. Ask them for their opinion, see if they’re open to the idea of you moving. If they’re not, try to come to a compromise that works for both of you.
If it’s still a no-go, then you’ll need to go through the Courts to get approval and be prepared for an uphill battle.
You need to have the following in place for Court:
- Why you’re moving and if it’s beneficial;
- Child’s consideration and needs in place;
- School District information;
- Creative visitation schedules;
- Housing and medical needs in place;
- Employment information;
- Support system.
It will not be easy so you need to make sure you’re as prepared as you can be. The Courts side on what’s in the best interest of the child, not what you want.
If you’re going through a custody battle, it’s important to seek the advice of an experienced attorney who can help you navigate these difficult waters.
Custody agreements are complex legal documents, and it is crucial that you have someone on your side who understands the law and knows how to protect your rights.
Call me today for a free consultation.
We can help you understand your options and make sure that your interests are represented throughout the process.