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Prepare your parenting plan before relocating with children

On Behalf of | Jun 18, 2024 | Child Custody

After a divorce, it is natural to want a fresh start beyond simply moving into a new home. You might crave a new environment, a change of scenery or simply a chance to rebuild your life in a different part of the country.  

But when you have children, relocation can be a daunting prospect, especially when you are not sure how the move will affect them and their relationship with their other parent. One of the most critical steps you should take before making the move is modifying your parenting plan.

Why making changes to your parenting plan matters

As a parent, you know how crucial it is to prioritize your children’s well-being, especially during significant life changes like relocation. Your parenting plan ensures that both you and your former spouse are on the same page when it comes to custody and visitation agreements that benefit your children. However, when you move to a different city or state, these arrangements can become outdated and even disrupt your children’s relationship with your former spouse.

How to begin the process

As you begin the process of modifying your parenting plan, take a close look at your current agreement and pinpoint the areas that need updating. This might include adjustments to your children’s education, healthcare and extracurricular activities. Consider how the move will affect custody and visitation schedules, such as weekend visits, holiday arrangements and school vacations.

Coordinating your plans with your co-parent is also important to ensure a smoother transition for your entire family. Additionally, consult with a family law attorney to help you understand your rights and craft a detailed relocation proposal.

Relocating with your children after a divorce can be a complex and emotional journey filled with uncertainty and potential pitfalls. However, by prioritizing your children’s well-being and working collaboratively with your former spouse, you can create a new arrangement that meets their evolving needs and sets them up for success in their new environment.