Relocation, Child Custody And Order Modification

Neither Parental Nor Child Relocation Is Easy On A Child Custody Agreement

The residential locations of parents are major determining factors in child custody and visitation orders. If a parent wants to or must relocate, he or she must have a compelling reason such as:

  • Significant job opportunity
  • Moving closer to extended family members or a child's close friends
  • Caring for a loved one
  • Moving to a safer location for a child or a better school district
  • Military PCS orders

Whatever the reason may be, if a custodial parent wishes to relocate across a state, out of state or out of the country with a child, he or she must show that the move away is in the child's best interests and not simply to reduce the amount of time the other parent is able to spend with the child.

At Lance A. Riddle Law Office, Attorneys at Law, we are familiar with the unique issues affecting military personnel, military contractors and others with careers that require frequent moves. Our close proximity to Whiteman AFB and Central Missouri State University in Warrensburg brings a diverse clientele through our doors.

Our attorneys serve people throughout Johnson County and surrounding areas with both civilian and military custody issues, including overseas deployment complexities.

Why You Need An Attorney For A Relocation Request

Either a custodial or noncustodial parent may make a request to modify a child custody order due to relocation, and thus, a substantial and ongoing change in circumstances. In some cases, the reasons listed above may not justify custody modification. It is crucial that you consult and retain a talented attorney with relocation case experience to guide you through the process and represent your interests.

A relocation request may take months to resolve. It is best to consult a lawyer and begin gathering evidence to support or prevent relocation as soon as possible. The burden of proof lies with the parent making the relocation request, but you will need an effective strategy to defend your position on either side if there is reason to dispute the request.

Place Your Confidence With A Proactive Family Law Attorney

We offer free initial consultations, and we are responsive to your inquiries at 660-747-6600. You can speak with an attorney at our Warrensburg office today!

Alternatively, you may request an appointment by completing our online contact form. We look forward to discussing the unique circumstances of your family.