Once a child custody order has been put in place for a child, if either parent wants to relocate, he or she will typically be required to petition the court for permission. The other parent will have an opportunity to object, and then the case can either be settled out of court or litigated.
Parental relocation cases are very fact-specific, depending on factors such as the distance one parent wants to move and the options for preserving both parents’ rights.
In some cases, if a relocation request is approved, the custody and visitation arrangements may need to be modified. In other cases, it may be possible to preserve the existing parenting plan, with one parent paying the cost of transporting the child between the two homes.