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Relocation and a request for child custody agreement modification

On Behalf of | Apr 19, 2022 | Child Custody |

Perhaps you have earned a promotion at work, but that will require relocating to an office some 90 miles away.

Since you are the custodial parent, the move will also require permission for modification to your child custody agreement. Will the court approve?

About the law

In the state of Oregon, the custodial, or primary residential parent, may relocate up to 60 miles away without the need to inform the non-custodial parent. Since the move you propose to make is further away, you must inform the other parent of your plans and ask the court to modify the child custody agreement that has been in place since your divorce.

Preparation

Despite your move, the court will want to know that you have worked out a plan to continue the child-parent bond. This may mean that your child will spend occasional extended weekends, holidays and vacation time with the other parent. Describe the new school your child will attend. You must also describe the community you plan to move to and the opportunities your child will have to make friends and participate in local activities. Overall, the court will want to know about quality of life in the new location.

The “best interests” standard

Courts are sometimes reluctant to change a child custody order that appears to be working for everyone. The primary concern of the judge to whom you submit your petition will be the effect of relocation on your child. With legal guidance, you can provide a plan for the move that the court will find reasonable, workable, and, above all, that shows you have the best interests of your child in mind.