The Difficulty Facing Parents Who Move Away

Like all family law matters, child custody determinations are often emotion-filled and potentially contentious. Because of the amount of work that goes into making a custody and visitation schedule, most parents are simply relieved to have an agreement when everything is all said and done.

But arrangements made during separation or divorce proceedings don't always work out when a parent moves away. That's because parental relocations can put immense stress on the relationship between child and parent. In the end, many relocating parents are left with many questions and few answers. Turn to Joseph Brophy Cordell, Attorney at Law, for the answers you need.

The Effect Of Parental Relocations On Your Parenting Time

Whether you move within the state, to another state or out of the country, you may have questions about how your relocation will affect your custody arrangement and the time you will spend with your child:

  • How will travel time be calculated during visitations?
  • Will I be able to visit as often as I'd like?
  • Who will pick up the children from school, day care, activities or appointments?
  • Will the distance between me and my child affect our relationship?

In addition, you may have questions about instances of parental kidnapping in which the other parent takes the children to another state or country. You may have questions about whether the other parent is legally allowed to do so or if your parental rights are protected by laws like the Uniform Child Custody Act.

We Can Address Your Concerns And Issues

At Joseph Brophy Cordell, Attorney at Law, we believe that nothing affects your relationship with your child more than distance. That's why we advocate for child custody arrangements that take distance into account. We pride ourselves on protecting the best interests of parents and children alike. If this means seeking modification of a custody order, we will take the necessary actions.

Whether you have concerns about which state has jurisdiction in your child custody matter or questions about the right steps to take before moving out of state with a child, we have answers you can trust. We understand how child custody laws in West Virginia and Maryland work, and we can help you understand them as well.

Contact Our Martinsburg Law Office

For guidance on parental relocations and child custody matters or another family law matter, contact Joseph Brophy Cordell, Attorney at Law, by calling 304-707-0673 or filling out this contact form. All initial consultations are free. We accept credit cards.