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.