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Topics to address when requesting to relocate with the kids

On Behalf of | Jun 10, 2022 | Child Custody & Parenting Time

There may be various changes in life that might prompt a need for you to relocate to a different area. While this process might involve little more than finding a place to live and making the move, if you have an existing child custody agreement, the process might prove somewhat more complex in nature. 

After deciding to take separate paths in life, you and the other parent might have discussed a variety of topics while seeking a parenting plan that best aligned with the needs of your kids. However, you might find it difficult to predict the changes life can bring, and some changes could affect visitation schedules. 

A proposed relocation 

While you may have the option to discuss your need to relocate with the other spouse and try to seek an amicable agreement for modifications, this might not always prove fruitful. If it is up to the court to reach a decision for your request, some topics to address when preparing for a hearing may include: 

  • The reason:  Changes in employment are a common example of a situation that might prompt a need to relocate, and the reason for your request may have significant sway over the outcome of your situation. 
  • The distance:  Another vital topic regarding a request to relocate could involve the distance of your move and how it might impact your child’s life and education. 
  • Visitation schedule:  The court may also consider factors such as how your relocation might impact your current visitation schedules and whether there may be any acceptable alternatives. 
  • Your child’s needs:  The needs of your child is of the utmost importance to the court, and how your move might affect his or her life and development may also influence the decision for your request. 

Even if a change in life circumstances prompts a need to relocate to another part of Colorado, seeking the necessary modifications to your parenting plan may seem a stressful and daunting task. 

Seeking modifications 

Although a proposed relocation might prompt a need to modify an existing parenting plan, pursuing such endeavors can be complex. Part of preparing to protect your needs and interests may involve seeking insight on all your options and what to expect from the process. Obtaining advice in covering every aspect of preparing for a relocation hearing could help place you in a better position in which to safeguard the interests of your kids and seek the necessary changes to help accommodate the change in your life circumstances.