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Child custody: When custodial parents wants to move out of state

There are several reasons why a person may choose to move out of state. More common reasons are for new career opportunities, better schools and to be closer to family. When it pertains to child custody, if the divorce decree stipulates rules regarding out of state moves, they must be adhered to. Residents in Maryland may seek to move to another state, but they need to consider how the custody of their children will be affected.

Divorce is difficult for all those involved. Children face the most difficulties as they want their parents together, and it is hard to live in two separate homes. A child who lives in a separate state faces even more challenges as he or she will see the non-custodial parent much less.

If the divorce decree does indeed stipulate that a parent cannot move out of state, it must be proven in court why the move is essential. Cooperation is a key element to the court system between custodial and non-custodial parents. Both parents must prove they are willing to work together to do what is in the best interest for their children. Moving out of state must not be a ploy to punish the non-custodial parents for a failure in the marriage. The parents may want to come to a new agreement with holidays and summers so that the non-custodial parent still gets ample time with his or her children.

Maryland parents may find themselves in similar situations with child custody. It may be beneficial for either parent to seek legal counsel while trying to cooperate on making modifications for new custodial terms. An experienced lawyer who handles child custody claims can increase one's odds of success in these matters while fighting to ensure the best interests of the children are protected.

Source: thespruce.com, "Custodial Parent Moving Out of State", Jennifer Wolf, Accessed on March 3, 2018

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