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How parental relocation impacts kids in shared custody situations

On Behalf of | Jun 24, 2021 | Child Custody

Many children struggle when their parents decide to divorce. It is difficult for them to navigate the conflict between their parents. Many of them internalize the idea that they are somehow to blame for the end of the marriage.  

The less time they have with each of their parents, the more likely they are to feel as though they bear personal responsibility for the divorce. If you or your ex plan to move far away, that can make divorce that much harder on your kids. 

What a long-distance relocation means for the children 

Moving more than a few miles from their lifelong home it’s hard on kids in any situation. When it is part of a contentious and painful divorce, it could provoke strong psychological responses in the children.  

They could lash out against one parent or even tried to run away. They might sink into a deep depression or blame the parent that moves them for the damage to their relationship with their other parent.  

A long-distance move means major changes for children. They have to adjust to a new house and a new city or town. They will also have to change schools and develop all-new peer relationships. All of that change and stress can lead to mental health struggles. Before the Ohio family courts approve a relocation request in a shared custody situation, they will want to know that it is in the best interests of the children. 

Neither of you can move without notifying the courts 

Most major custody changes are subject to court oversight. That includes a parental relocation that requires that the children move as well. To remain in compliance with state custody laws, a parent hoping to move will have to notify both their ex and the courts.  

If the other parent disputes the move, there will likely be a modification hearing. The courts will look at why someone wants to move and how they think it will impact the child directly and their relationship with the other parent. The courts can then make a decision which could include not allowing the move or even given the other parents more custody rights.  

Understanding the process involved in a parental relocation can help you push for a custody solution that works for you and the kids.