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Legal issues arise when parents sharing custody relocate

Sharing custody of a child can be a significant challenge for parents across Massachusetts. Unlike other family legal issues, child custody arrangements are ongoing and may need to go through some adjustments over time. 

For example, adjustments to custody may be unavoidable if and when one parent relocates. If that parent moves across town, to another state or to another country, the implication is that it may necessary for parents with a custody or visitation plan in place to make some changes. Legal support during this difficult time can be crucial.

Any situation involving a significant relocation will typically have to be approved by the courts. And whether you are a parent thinking of moving or have concerns about another parent moving away with a child, understanding your parental rights can be essential in protecting your relationship with your child.

If, for instance, a move would be detrimental to the well-being of a child or will unfairly prevent one parent from seeing a child, there may be ways to block the relocation. If the move will make it less convenient for parents to stick with an existing custody or visitation arrangements, the court can approve a modification.

Cases involving relocation can be very complicated and contentious. If you are concerned about how a move could affect your custody or visitation rights, it may be wise to speak with an attorney at our firm. We understand how frightening and upsetting it can be to be faced with a dramatic change in custody or visitation. 

We also understand that while some situations can be worked out between parents and outside of the courtroom, others will require litigation. In either case, our law firm will work to protect your rights and pursue the best possible solution. For more information on how we approach cases involving child relocation, you are invited to visit our website.

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