When it comes to parental rights and responsibilities in Ohio, there are a number of issues that could arise as the years go on. One of the more complex situations parents may encounter is parental relocation.

The emotional and logistical factors involved in parental relocation notwithstanding, Ohio family law is relatively strict on this matter. A parent with custody of his or her children who wants to move must notify the court in writing of this decision. It doesn’t matter if it’s a new address on the same street or a new county across the state — the court must be notified if there is a change from the address stipulated in the parenting time order.

Once the notice is filed, the court may ask the parent to appear at a hearing where it will consider the pros and cons of the proposed relocation and whether it’s in the best interests of the child. The parent without custody may even appear and argue against the relocation. This can be a significantly stressful process for a parent, and Ohio courts tend to want to avoid uprooting children from their environments.

The professionals at Hartley Law Office, LLC, have experience representing parents in relocation hearings. We can show how job markets, school districts and other opportunities can weigh in favor of the move. If the move is necessary for the safety of the children, that will also be an important argument to present. And, sometimes, it is necessary to argue that the relocation is not in the child’s best interests.

Ohio’s parental relocation laws are designed to minimize the risk of disruption in the lives of children, but they can prove burdensome when relocation is necessary. Hartley Law Offices, LLC, can help you make the case when a move truly is in the best interests of your children.