When a marriage falls apart, every couple has a different experience with regard to the divorce process. For some, relocation is another issue to deal with in the wake of a divorce. For example, one spouse may retain the family home while another has to look for a new place to live. Or, someone may want to pursue new opportunities now that they are no longer with their spouse, such as a job that is located in another city or even across the country. However, there are a number of issues to take into consideration if you plan on moving after your divorce, especially if you will be bringing a child with you.
First of all, you should carefully review the ins and outs of parental relocation and make sure that you live up to your obligations with respect to the child’s other parent. Next, it may be helpful to approach the move from your child’s point of view and explain some of the reasons behind your decision to relocate. Sometimes, kids are unhappy with relocation because they will have to leave behind friends and they will not be able to visit with relatives as often, but it may be very helpful for you to answer questions and reassure them.
Aside from legal considerations, moving with a child can be very stressful, especially in the wake of a difficult divorce. However, many new opportunities may lie ahead, from career advancement to peace of mind and a fresh start. We discuss other divorce topics related to parental relocation on our blog.