Relocating with a Child

When parents are faced with the difficult reality of creating a custody arrangement, one parent is often named the custodial parent because they spend more time with the child. When the custodial parent makes the decision that they would like to move out of the state of Georgia with their child, the noncustodial parent may be devastated. Now, the little time that they do get to spend with their child will be diminished even further, depending on how far away the other parent wishes to move. Relocation has an impact on the child’s social life, academic life, religious life, and familial relationships. When a move is contested, the parents may find themselves in court and a judge may have to make this decision for them.

The state of Georgia made major changes to its custody laws in 2003, making it so the court will have to consider whether relocating is in the best interests of the child. Before this, custodial parents had nearly free reign on moving away with the child if they wanted to. However, the new laws are more strict. First, the custodial parent is required to provide the other parent with a 30-day notice of the move. This allows the other parent time to object the move if they so desire.

Some of the factors that the court may take into consideration when determining whether the move should commence include the following:

  • The age and health of the child
  • The age and health of each parent
  • The move’s impact on the child’s social and academic life
  • The impact of the move on the noncustodial parent
  • The financial impacts of the move on travel costs
  • Whether travel options are practical
  • The overall impact on the child’s quality of life

If you have questions about Georgia’s laws regarding relocation with a child, it is important to speak with an attorney. Contact our firm today.

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