As American Citizens, we have been granted the fundamental right to travel and move freely through throughout this great country. As such, with some exception, we are generally free to live in any State and/or city we please. However, if you are a divorced parent with minor children, this right can be significantly limited, especially if you have a desire to take the children with you.
Generally, if relocation of one parent is allowed, the other parent will face losing parenting time with the minor children if relocated too. As such, the law on reallocation of the pose a very heavy burden on the moving party.
Below is a list of common reasons a parent might want to relocate after divorce:
Arizona Law on Relocation
A.R.S. § 25-408 reads in part:
A. If by written agreement or court order both parents are entitled to joint legal decision-making or unsupervised parenting time and both parents reside in the state, at least sixty days’ advance written notice shall be provided to the other parent before a parent may do either of the following:
1. Relocate the child outside the state.
2. Relocate the child more than one hundred miles within the state.
F. The court shall determine whether to allow the parent to relocate the child in accordance with the child’s best interests. The burden of proving what is in the child’s best interests is on the parent who is seeking to relocate the child. To the extent practicable the court shall also make appropriate arrangements to ensure the continuation of a meaningful relationship between the child and both parents.
When determining whether the relocation is in the best interest of the child(ren), the Court considers a number of factors including:
Child custody matters are some of the most difficult and complicated cases to go through family courts. As such, you are encouraged to consult with an experienced Phoenix family law attorney to represent you through the process. With over 30 years of combined experience, the attorneys at Lasiter & Jackson will aggressively represent your interests in any child custody proceeding. Contact us today to schedule a free 30-minute consultation.