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Custody and relocation: It’s okay to talk about big changes

On Behalf of | Jul 6, 2022 | Child Custody

Whether you live in Brambleton, Reston, or Oakhill, you may feel that there is still a taboo when you want to talk about getting a divorce. You might want to discuss visitation and how you’d be affected if you chose to move to Herndon or Aldie, for example, or you might want to know if moving outside of Virginia would be a possibility.

You shouldn’t have to feel like you have to be silent about your divorce. You have a right to talk about it and to get the help you need to move forward with custody issues, concerns about property division and more.

Do you want to move with your children after divorce?

If you want to move with your children after you get a divorce, this is a topic you’ll want to discuss with your attorney as soon as possible. Depending on how far you plan to move away, you may be able to work out a fair custody schedule and not have many issues doing so. However, if you plan to move halfway across the state or outside of Virginia, it may be harder to convince a court or your spouse that this is the right thing to do for your kids.

There are all kinds of factors to consider as you discuss your children’s futures. Think about factors such as:

  • The school they currently go to
  • How often they’d see the other parent
  • The added time of commuting back and forth between homes
  • Your children’s ages and abilities to cope with a widely separated family unit
  • Friends and family who may see your children less if you move

These and other factors may influence a judge to agree to, or deny, you moving away with your children.

Relocation is an important topic during a custody case

Relocation is one of the topics you and your spouse should discuss as soon as you can during your divorce. If this issue is likely to cause a conflict, you may want to look into alternative dispute resolution options or what it would take to build a case to litigate in court and seek custody along with the right to move.