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Topics to consider when seeking to relocate with the children

On Behalf of | Feb 4, 2022 | Family Law

There could be a multitude of scenarios in which you might experience a desire or need to relocate to a new area in Maryland. However, if you have children, the moving process might not always be as simple as packing up all your belongings and hauling everything you own to your new place of residence.

If you have an existing parenting plan in place, it is possible that your relocation might affect visitation schedules. Even if you feel that the move is necessary, knowing some vital factors to address regarding how relocation might impact your children could be integral to preparing to safeguard their interests.

Factors to address

While you may have the option to speak with the other parent about the situation, if you cannot reach an amicable arrangement, it might be up to the court to evaluate your proposed relocation and make the final decision. Some factors that might influence the outcome of your request to relocate may include:

  • Relocation request: One of the most vital aspects could pertain to the reasons behind your proposed relocation and whether your request is in good faith.
  • Impact on the kids: As the court places a priority on the needs and interests of the kids, the way the move will impact your children’s lives will also play an integral role.
  • Impact on visitation: The court may also ask questions about how your relocation might affect your current visitation schedules and about whether modifications to this arrangement might help rectify the situation.
  • Developmental concerns: Another factor to consider may pertain to how your relocation will affect your children’s education and development.

Knowing the role such factors might play in your request for relocation could be vital to helping you better understand what is at stake and prepare a strategy for what comes next.

Seeking to relocate

While seeking to relocate with a parenting plan in place can seem an intimidating task, it could also be necessary at times. Fortunately, this isn’t something you have to face alone and by seeking guidance in addressing your options and knowing some vital factors to address, you could find yourself in a better position in which to make informed choices about your situation. Such advice could prove integral to helping you prepare to pursue an outcome that best aligns with your needs and the interests of your children.