In the months or years following a divorce, very often, circumstances change, and one former spouse finds themselves in a situation where they have to move. However, if the former spouses had children together, this scenario can become all the more complicated. That is why if you are a divorced parent and are seeking to relocate with your child, you must read on and reach out to our compassionate firm to learn more about how we can help you. Here are some of the questions you may have regarding the legal process going forward:

What are the requirements for court approval of relocation in Michigan?

In Michigan, if you are the custodial parent and are planning on moving more than 100 miles from the other parent, you will either need his or her approval or a court’s approval to go ahead with the move. To move more than 100 miles away, you will have to prove several things. First, you will have to demonstrate that the move is being made in good faith, meaning you are not moving to prevent your former spouse from exercising parenting time, and that the noncustodial parent’s objection to the move is based on attempting to obtain a financial advantage.

Additionally, you will have to prove that the move can, and should, improve both you and your child’s standard of life. Lastly, you will have to demonstrate that the nonmoving parent will have the opportunity for his or her parenting time and that you are willing to accommodate that parent, at least to a certain extent.

What are some of the factors courts will consider before deciding whether to grant a relocation?

Michigan courts will consider several factors when determining whether to approve a relocation with a child. For example, they will consider whether you are moving in with a new spouse, moving to protect your child, or moving to bring your child closer to his or her extended family. Additionally, courts will consider other important factors, such as whether you are moving because you or your child require medical treatment. If you think you qualify for relocation with your child, it is crucial you hire an experienced attorney who is capable of presenting evidence as effectively as possible so you and your child can live positive, productive lives together.

Contact our experienced Michigan firm

Sometimes, divorce, family, and estate matters are difficult to navigate. Fortunately, they do not have to be with the assistance of a compassionate, knowledgeable attorney who is willing to guide you every step of the way. If you need a seasoned firm to help you with any divorce, family or estate-related matter, please do not hesitate to contact Collis & Griffor today to schedule a consultation.

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