How child custody can limit your options to move

Posted by David Jacks | Nov 23, 2015

On behalf of The Jacks Law Group posted in child custody on Wednesday, August 5, 2015.

You're used to being independent, to doing what you want and carving out your life so that it's exactly the way you want it to be. After your divorce, maybe you felt even more independent. While this can be good, you should know that there are some ways that the divorce, through the child custody agreement, can actually still control what you are allowed to do.

Specifically, you may not be allowed to move. Even if you find a new job or just want a change of pace, the judge might determine that the move is not allowed because you have joint custodywith your ex.

As you can imagine, a move puts your ex in an interesting position. He or she may live in Las Vegas, but you want to move to Boston or Orlando. This means your spouse and your child will have nothing but a long-distance relationship.

Additionally, it could break the child custody agreement. Your spouse may have a right to see the child every weekend, for instance, something that will be impossible if you live so far away. If your spouse files a motion to ask the judge to stop the move, you could end up in court, and it is even possible that the judge will say you and your child can't move, leaving you to either give up custody rights or give up on your dream.

This is not a decision any parent wants. If you have found yourself in this position, please take a minute to visit our site so that you can learn more about your legal options.

About the Author

David Jacks

David Jacks is a seasoned attorney and founder of The Jacks Law Group, PLLC, in Las Vegas and Henderson, Nevada. Born and raised in Las Vegas, he served as an Animal Care Specialist in the U.S. Army before transitioning to a career in law. He earned his BA in Political Science from UNLV and his JD from Arizona Summit Law School. David’s practice focuses on family law and personal injury cases, including divorce, child custody, and car accidents. He is recognized for his professional excellence and has received numerous awards. David is actively involved in the legal community and various professional associations.

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