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What are the guidelines for relocating with kids post-divorce?

As a parent in Kentucky who has split from your ex-spouse, you may have new and bigger plans for your future. You may want to move closer to family or to search for new job opportunities. Unfortunately, if you're the primary custody holder of your child, you have a lot to take into consideration before planning a move.

The Spruce reminds you that you may not actually be able to move, depending on your circumstances. Relocating after a divorce requires court approval if you have primary child custody. Why? Because it would be unfair to the other parent for you to leave to a place where they can no longer regularly visit their child. You're less likely to be able to move for non-vital reasons, especially if it takes you outside the range of reasonable visitation distance.

That doesn't mean you'll never be able to move, though. There are numerous valid reasons to want to relocate, including being in closer proximity to family that can help you get back on your feet financially, or a job opportunity that will provide you with more money or benefits. In the end, what's best for the child will weigh the most heavily when a court is coming to a decision. This means you'll have a better chance of being able to relocate if you can provide more opportunities, better schooling, job possibilities, or stability to your child.

Balancing your own life with the life of your child and ex-spouse can be tricky. Fortunately, the courts are here to help you strike that balance while keeping things as fair as possible to all involved parties.

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