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Can you relocate with your child during divorce?

You know that your marriage is coming to an end and that divorcing your spouse is inevitable. While you firmly believe that relocating to someplace else in Oregon is what is best for you and your children, you are unsure if your decision will be supported by other people including your family and friends. Ultimately, the courts will weigh in on your request and determine if your decision will be in the best interest of your children. 

While it may be difficult to separate your emotions during such a chaotic time, it is imperative that you do not allow the issues that you experienced in your marriage to taint the way you view your soon-to-be ex as a parent. Even though he or she was unable to maintain a healthy and happy relationship with you, chances are that your children still have a relationship with their other parent and that your spouse is a qualified parent. Understand that both of you want what is best for the children you have shared and that you will need to be flexible in coming up with a custody arrangement. 

According to verywellfamily.com, if the courts get involved in helping decide on whether or not you should be allowed to relocate with your children, some of the considerations they will take include the following:

  • Whether or not this drastic change will be an improvement in the quality of life experienced by your children.
  • If your children are old enough to understand the changes and mature enough to recognize the reason they are moving.
  • How far the new location is from your existing home, as well as the accessibility of the area to the other parent.

The information in this article is intended for educational purposes only and should not be taken as legal advice. 

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