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Relocation is a complex process in child custody cases

In St. Charles, Missouri, couples who have experienced divorce can relate to the unique challenges of the legal process, especially when children are caught in the middle. During a divorce, parents should have one goal and that is to provide the best possible custody arrangement for the children. Sometimes, parents forget the golden rule of child custody cases, which is to put the best interests of the child first. If that happens, the result can be a contentious custody battle. This is especially true when parents are discussing relocation or moving away from their current geographical location.

Once the divorce papers are filed, spouses often consider relocation as a way to start a new chapter in their lives. Custodial parents sometimes fail to consider the feelings of non-custodial parents when deciding to move to another geographic location. If relocation only results in an hour or two of driving for the non-custodial parent, it still may be considered a favorable situation. But in cases where the custodial parent plans to move to another state, across the country or to a different country altogether, the court will then decide if relocation is in the best interests of the child.

Missouri family court considers various factors, such as the child's relationship with each parent, the reason behind the custodial parent's decision to move, distance, the child's age and the ability to provide a sustainable life for the child. If the court decides that the child will benefit from relocation, the custodial parent's request will be granted. Still, non-custodial parents can file an appeal in order for the judge to reconsider the decision regarding the case.

Cases that involve relocation from St. Charles County are not only difficult for children, but for parents, as well. Parents who are currently dealing with the same issues may wish to consider seeking help from a family law attorney.

Source: Huffington Post, "In the child's best interest: what it means in move-away cases," Lisa Helfend Meyer, Feb. 12, 2014

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