Why Relocating With A Child Is Difficult

It is not easy for divorced parents to relocate. For residential parents in particular — that is, the parent with whom a child lives most of the time — it can be difficult to move and maintain the same parental rights. This is because Ohio law is stringent when it comes to relocation.

We can help. The legal team at Hartley Law Office, LLC, has a thorough understanding of Ohio family law. And we know how important it can be to move — whether from one county to another or out of state. Based in Dayton and serving throughout Montgomery County, we work hard to help our clients achieve their legal goals. And we have developed a reputation for generating successful results; founding attorney Aaron Hartley is consistently listed among our state's Super Lawyers Rising Stars, a professional distinction conferred upon less than 2.5 percent of practicing lawyers.

What Are The Setbacks?

Relocation can be crucial to a child's well-being. It might offer opportunities afforded by a better school district or a better job market or even help families leave abusive situations behind. Nevertheless, our state's legal system recognizes that moving can also be difficult on children. Removing a child from his or her environment may cause more harm than good, and Ohio has put procedures in places to ensure, to the extent possible, that when a parent moves, it will be in the child's best interest.

As such, if a parent wants to move to a residence that differs from the one mentioned in the parenting time order, he or she must file a notice of intent to relocate. The nonresidential parent, or the court itself, can then schedule a hearing to review whether relocation truly benefits the child.*

Without proper legal support, a parent may not be able to persuade the court that relocation should — or shouldn't — be permitted. Indeed, demonstrating that a major life change will be in a child's best interests is a complex undertaking. Judges are on the lookout for specific criteria and are often skeptical of parents' motives. This is why working with a qualified legal team is key.

The Help You Need, When You Need It

To speak with an attorney about relocation, reach out to our firm. We're here to address your questions and concerns. You can call us at 937-312-9130 or schedule an appointment online.

*http://codes.ohio.gov/orc/3109.051v1