Raising children in two homes within the same region can be manageable. However, this can get complicated when one parent wants to relocate to a long-distance area. In Alabama, when a custodial parent decides to move more than 60 miles from the other, both parties should agree to the relocation.
If this is your case, you should notify the other parent of the move. They may agree to it or seek a temporary or permanent order to prevent the change of the child’s permanent residence within 30 days after receipt of the notice.
To secure the first outcome, you need to approach the process carefully. Here are two tips to employ.
Request that the other parent to move to the new location
If the other parent’s work can allow them to relocate with you, this may be the smoothest way to handle parental relocation. If they agree to the move, you will discuss custody and visitation changes.
A judge will assess your proposed changes and determine if the move is in the child’s best interest before giving a new order.
Work with a mediator
If the noncustodial parent doesn’t agree to move or to the new custody and visitation agreements, it may be best to work with a mediator. The mediator may help you resolve the matter.
What if you are a noncustodial parent?
In Alabama, the parent entitled to custody of or visitation with a child should also provide a notice to the custodial parent when relocating. You may also request them to move or can suggest changes to your visitation schedule. For instance, you can include virtual visitation in your new plan.
Parental relocations don’t have to be contested. It will help to get legal guidance to understand the moves to make.