When a couple divorces it is not uncommon for one of the parents to move out of state. This can create problems with parenting time, especially if the distance between families is great. These circumstances can also make it hard for the kids to maintain a regular visitation schedule with the out of state parent, which may lead to a breakdown in the parent/child relationship. In order to avoid that harmful result, it is critical to account for the possibility of a parent moving to another state when the divorce is finalized. You can do this in your decree, and should also be aware of the dangers of failing to do so.
Possible consequences of moving out of state and away from your children include:
● A lack of a parental figure, whether mother or father, in your child’s life.
● Difficulty in maintaining a strong relationship with your kids, or continuing to build on an already existing strong foundation.
● The possibility of losing parental authority with your child, especially as your kids enter their teen years and are likely to rebel.
The costs associated with long distance travel is also a consideration. For some families the finances are such that expensive airline tickets are out of reach. Be sure these types of concerns are addressed when your divorce is final, so you can have a plan for how travel costs are covered. A popular solution, when geographically possible, is for the parties to meet half way for drop off and pick up of children at a scheduled visitation. To make sure all contingencies are covered, partner with a skilled family law attorney to protect yourself and your kids.
For more information about divorce and out of state child visitation, consult a qualified legal professional. Let us put our experience to work for you. Call the Sampair Group in Phoenix and the West Valley today to schedule your appointment.