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How Does Relocation Affect Child Custody?

How Does Relocation Affect Custody?

It’s a sensitive issue when children move away, and parents often wonder how relocating will affect their custody or parenting arrangement. Relocation is governed by Massachusetts general law, Chapter 208, Section 30. It says that a minor child of divorced parents whose custody and maintenance a court has jurisdiction over shall not be removed out of Massachusetts without the consent of both parents or a court order.

So, the question is: Will a move affect my parenting plan? Absolutely.

It may be that instead of having a dinner a week and rotating weekends that you end up with two-thirds of the summer, all of the holiday breaks, the majority of the vacations—but you are not getting as much during the traditional school weeks. There are a lot of creative ways it can be done, but the court’s goal is for a child to have a relationship with both parents. If there’s a firm that will fight tooth and nail to get you that parenting time, it’s Miller Law Group. When removal or children are moving out of state comes up, we’re creative with ways it can be done.

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