Guiding Families Through Life’s Changes
Everyone’s life is prone to change, and sometimes these changes require parental relocation after a divorce. Whether you are the primary custodial parent and wish to relocate with your children, or you are the parent whose visitation schedule would be affected by the move, our attorneys at the law offices of Kristopher K. Greenwood & Associates can help your case!
In Utah, “parental relocation” is defined as one parent moving more than 150 miles from the other parent. When a parent wishes to relocate, he or she must inform the other parent of the intent at least 60 days prior to the proposed move. While the state cannot prevent you or your ex-spouse from relocating, it can prevent the parent with primary custody from taking the child or children along if the relocation is not in their best interests. Our attorneys will review all the facts of your case and build your argument either for or against the move. This is what we do.
Considerations For Granting Parental Relocation
If you are the parent hoping to relocate, our lawyers will demonstrate to the court that your reasons for doing so are valid, and that your actions aren’t simply resulting from spite. Parental relocation requests are frequently granted when the custodial parent:
- Has a strong job offer outside of the home city or state
- Seeks to increase proximity to a network of family members and friends
- Looks to remove his or herself or the children from an abusive relationship
- Shows that the child or children will be better off with the move
- Otherwise proves that the relocation serves the child or children’s best interests
From drafting the notice of the intended move to representing you in the event that your ex challenges your move, we can work with you to ensure your best chance of a successful outcome.
If it is your ex who is proposing the move, we will work to ensure that your relationship with your child is respected and protected, and we will aggressively challenge the relocation on your behalf.
We Act In Your Child’s Best Interests
When parents separate or divorce, it affects the whole family. Our experienced and empathetic legal team will work to see that any decisions that affect the children are made with their best interests in mind. Call our Ogden, Lehi,, or Salt Lake City office at (801) 475-8800 or utilize our convenient online form to get in touch or request a complimentary initial consultation.