Parental Relocation After Divorce in Connecticut

Moving with Children After Divorce in Connecticut

Relocation raises significant child custody and visitation issues. As with child custody, relocation issues are optimally worked out between the parents, who are in the ideal position to determine what is in the best interest of their child and themselves. If the parents cannot agree, however, the courts will have to intervene to make that determination.

Q&A on Relocation

Can I relocate out-of-state with my child?
If you are the custodial parent and wish to relocate out-of-state, you will need either the other parent's approval or permission from the court. The court's focus remains on the best interests of the child. The parent's choice to relocate may, among many other factors, be considered when the court evaluates what custody arrangement is in the best interests of the child. The attorneys at Bauer Law Group, LLC offer extensive experience in advising parents in complex child custody and parenting disputes, including relocation cases.

What must I do if I wish to relocate outside of CT?
If you wish to relocate out of state, this would impact the existing parenting plan, so you must demonstrate the following to the court:

  • That the relocation is for legitimate purposes: Do you wish to relocate to be closer to more family or a support system? Are you moving to start a new job? The court evaluates whether the reasons for the move stem from a legitimate purpose or simply to deprive the other parent from spending time with the child.
  • That the proposed location is reasonable: Is the proposed new home / location sensible?
  • That the relocation is in the best interests of the child: Will relocating result in a better support unit for the child? Will relocating result in a better paying job, enabling you to provide better opportunities for your child? Are there better schools and education opportunities at the proposed new location? Will the child still be capable of maintaining a relationship with the non-relocating parent?

What does "best interest" mean in relocation cases?
Courts look at the whole picture and make a decision of whether or not to approve child relocation based upon the best interests of the child. While courts may assess many other factors, the general issues considered by the court involve:

  • Will the relationship between the child and non-relocating parent be preserved?
  • What are the parents' reasons for seeking or opposing relocation?
  • What is the quality of relationship between the child and each parent?
  • How will relocating impact future contact with the non-relocating parent?
  • To what extent will relocating impact the child's life and that of the relocating parent?

It is important to have an experienced attorney who can help you understand the law and help you achieve a fair child custody solution that is in the best interests of your child. Call Bauer Law Group, LLC for all of your relocation and custody concerns. Make your appointment for an initial consultation so that we can speak with you at your earliest convenience.