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The impact of relocation on child custody arrangements

On Behalf of | May 7, 2024 | Child Custody |

When a parent moves away, it can seriously disrupt agreed-upon custody arrangements. This can cause all sorts of problems.

If you have gone through a divorce and have children, it is important to understand the potential impacts of relocation on your child custody agreement.

Legal considerations

In Michigan child custody cases, the main concern is the child’s best interest. When a parent plans to relocate with their child, this standard remains the guiding principle.

Courts typically look at various factors to decide whether to allow relocation. They look at the reasons for the move (such as economic opportunities) and how it will affect the child. These factors are usually considered during a custody hearing.

Under Michigan’s 100 Mile Rule, parents must seek the court’s approval before moving more than 100 miles from the child’s primary residence.

The emotional effect on children

Relocation can be emotionally challenging for kids. They often have to leave behind friends, schools, and a familiar environment. Younger children may find it particularly difficult to part with their old life, not fully understanding the reasons for the move.

Strategies for managing relocation

Difficult though it may be, there are ways to make relocation easier:

  • Promote open communication
  • Seek legal advice from a family law attorney
  • Establish a support system in the new location

Centering the child(ren) in the conversation is key. Helping them understand the situation is vital to handling the emotional challenges of moving. For older children, explaining the legalities of the new custody arrangement can clear up confusion.