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How does parental relocation affect custody?

On Behalf of | Jan 7, 2022 | blog

Perhaps you received a job offer in another state, or your new significant other wants to move for a new opportunity. Major life changes often happen unexpectedly.

Regardless of the reason for the move, moving out of state will affect any custody arrangement.

Can one parent move with the child?

Ohio courts always consider the best interest of the child in all custody matters. If one parent wishes to move out of state with the child, the court will consider many factors before making a decision. The reason for the move, the distance of the move, how the move will affect both the child and the parent left behind and the wishes of the child are all considered. Ultimately, it is up to the court to determine if the child should move with one parent or stay in Ohio with the other parent.

Is notice required to move out of state?

If the custodial parent intends to move out of state with the child, that parent should file a notice of intent to move with the court that put their custody order into place. This ensures that the other parent will receive adequate notice of the planned move and have time to respond.

If a non-custodial parent intends to move out of state without the child, they are not required to give formal notice to the court. However, a move will likely affect visitation rights, so notifying the court could help to make changes to a visitation schedule.

Unmarried parents are often faced with complicated legal issues when it comes to the custody of their children. Unmarried parents should legally establish paternity to protect their custody rights. This will help parents to establish and enforce custody rights as well as seek financial support.

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