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What to Keep in Mind for Child Relocation
Moving can be disruptive for parents, but the experience could be even more troublesome for children. Frequently, they do not initiate the move and do not understand why it is necessary. Especially when the relocation is coupled with another life-changing event, such as death in the family or parents' divorce, they may have a hard time accepting it. Therefore, you should consider the following things to make the transition easier.
One of the best things you can do with your child is to openly and honestly discuss moving. Prepare them for the change. Give them time to think and talk about it. Also give them as much information as you can. If possible, involving them in the planning can be helpful.
Next, be ready to accept both positive and negative reactions from them. If they are excited to move, great! But if not, be prepared to handle their worry. Your child will be going to a different kindergarten or school. He or she may be losing friends that have been there for, quite literally, a lifetime. It can be tough. Allow them to work through their emotions and be patient for them.
Also consider the legal aspect. If this relocation involves a divorce or any form of child custody case, be sure to check whether you are permitted to relocate, even if you are the custodial parent. This is because you and your child's relocation will impact the relationship that your child has with the other parent. You can start by checking your paperwork. If any travel restrictions are indicated, you must work out how to handle relocation with your current or former spouse.
When it comes to states in which the custodial parent has to prove that the relocation is in the best interest of the child, the court will consider things like the child's age, the quality of the child's relationship with each parent, and the quality of life available to the child at his or her current and new locations. So again, having a conversation with your child early on and involving him or her in the decision to move can be a great way to prepare them, as well as you, for relocation.
Note that this process means that your reason for relocation may not be sufficient in the court's eyes. For example, in family court, the well-being of the child will take higher importance than the custodial parent's higher-paying job. Thus, be prepared to explain your logic and motive clearly.
Because child relocation laws vary by state, it is best to consult a local attorney. Visit the website to get more information on a family lawyer in San Diego.
Paul advises people on divorce and family law matters. You can find his thoughts at Blogspot blog.
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