Divorce is always hard, but there are no divorce issues more difficult than those that relate to your children. Change is an inevitable byproduct of divorce, and sometimes that change includes relocating—for work opportunities, for purposes of education, or to be near family. Whatever your reason, it’s important to know the basics when it comes to a Connecticut divorce and relocating your kids’ permanent residence. In the end, you’ll need permission from your children’s other parent—or the court—to do so.
In the past in Connecticut, the parent with primary physical custody of the children could relocate at will. This changed in 2006 with An Act Concerning the Relocation of Parents Having Custody of Minor Children. The legislature implemented the law in recognition of how important it is for parents and their children to have adequate opportunities for visitation.
If you can work your proposed move out with your ex-spouse—who has a great deal invested in visiting his or her children—it’s to your advantage. With your ex’s approval, you may proceed with your move unhindered. This isn’t always possible, however, and if that’s the case, you’ll need to involve the court, which will proceed to make its determination based on what it considers to be the best interests of your children.
If you are considering relocating with your children, you bear the burden of establishing three conditions for the court:
The court will factor in several components in the analysis of your proposed relocation:
Divorce is hard, but when you face issues related to your children, it’s more difficult still. If you’re looking at relocating, but your ex isn’t in agreement, you need experienced legal counsel. The dedicated legal team at The Law Offices of Piazza, Simmons & Grant, L.L.C., in Stamford, Connecticut, is here to help. Our experienced family law attorneys have the skill, knowledge, and commitment to help you effectively present your best case in support of relocation to the court. Please contact or call us at (203) 348-2465 today.