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5 concerns for relocating parents

On Behalf of | Jun 18, 2024 | Child Custody |

A divorce can bring a whirlwind of emotions. When one parent decides to relocate, the situation becomes even more complex, especially with the logistical challenges that come with it. While a fresh start can be appealing, the decision comes with unique concerns.

1. Impact on the child’s stability

Divorce can disrupt children’s sense of security. Adding a move can worsen the feelings of instability. Parents worry about uprooting their children from familiar routines, friends and extended family, especially if the parent lives nearby.

2. Maintaining contact with the other parent

Court-ordered visitation schedules often depend on proximity. Relocation can make regular in-person visits difficult or impossible. Parents grapple with the potential strain on their co-parenting relationship and the emotional toll on their children.

3. Financial strains of moving

Moving is expensive. The financial burden can be significant, from selling a house to covering security deposits and relocation costs. Parents with limited resources worry about affording a new home, managing child care while they settle in and potentially starting a new job search.

4. Building a new support system

Friendships and family connections are essential support systems, especially after a divorce. Leaving behind a familiar circle of loved ones can feel isolating. Building new relationships and feeling like they belong in the new community can be tough for a newly single parent.

5. Educational disruption

A move can disturb a child’s education, especially if they are changing schools in the middle of the year. Parents worry about curriculum differences, standardized testing and ensuring their child does not fall behind academically.

Prioritizing the child’s well-being

Relocating with children after a divorce can be tough. It is crucial to carefully consider these concerns so parents can approach the move with a plan to minimize disruption and prioritize their child’s overall well-being. With the proper legal guidance, thoughtful planning and open communication, a move can be a positive step for both the parent and the child.