When it comes to relocating to a new area, many individuals may need to do little more than find new living arrangements and move their possessions. However, for individuals in Minnesota who have an existing child custody agreement in place, the process might not always be so simple. Parents who encounter a need to move may find it helpful to know the factors that might influence the outcome of a request to relocate.
One of the first factors to address may involve whether the current child custody agreement includes terms on the topic of relocation. Parents may also have the option to speak with the other party about a proposed relocation, but if this does not prove fruitful, it might be up to the court to issue a ruling. The court may seek to address a variety of factors, such as how the move could impact visitation schedules and whether the move meets the needs and interests of the child.
The distance of a proposed move may also be a vital factor, as the chances this might disrupt visitation schedules may be higher with greater distances. The court may also ask questions about the reasons for a proposed relocation. Valid reasons to request relocation could include moving due to changes of employment, moving to an area with better costs of living, or moving closer to family.
Preparing to request relocation
Parents who face a need or desire to relocate may have understandable concerns about how to pursue the necessary modifications to their child custody agreements. Those who wish to seek guidance in navigating this process could benefit from consulting with a family law attorney as soon as possible. An attorney can help a client understand every vital factor to consider regarding relocation and assist in preparing to seek modifications via the appropriate channels.