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Considerations that should be made before relocating

In some Georgia child custody cases, parents will want to move after a custody and visitation order has issued. Sometimes they do so to be closer to a new partner. In other cases, they may want to move for a job or to be closer to their immediate family members.

Whatever the reason for a planned relocation, it is important for the parent to take into consideration how moving may affect his or her children as well as the parenting time that the other parent enjoys. If the move is fairly distant, then the children will need to change schools. This may take away the children's friends who are an important support system for them.

If the parent who wishes to move away does not have primary custody, there are still considerations that should be made. They will need to think about how the children may react to spending less time with them. Their child support may be increased if they see the children less often. There are also added transportation expenses involved when they must travel to exercise parenting time with their children.

Having a good relationship with children is important for parents and children alike. Children who have good relationships with both of their parents are likelier to grow up to be well-adjusted, happy adults. If relocating is absolutely necessary, a parent may want to try to talk about the reasons for the move with the other parent. If the parent is objecting to the move, then it may be necessary to file a motion to relocate with the court that has jurisdiction over the case. A family law attorney can often help in this type of a matter.

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Margaret Gettle Washburn, P.C.
4799 Sugarloaf Pkwy
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Lawrenceville, GA 30044

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