Divorce can trigger a lot of changes in your life including the need to relocate. However, proving to the courts the legitimacy of your need to move may require a bit of convincing at times.
Knowing some of the circumstances under which it is appropriate to relocate can help you determine your next steps. With the right approach and sincere intentions, your move may open new opportunities for everyone involved.
An obvious reason to move includes changes to your employment. A new job across the country may increase the quality of life for you and your children even if it involves moving. Similarly, if you choose to pursue an educational opportunity that will increase your career potential, you may need to move closer to the institution.
Moving can disrupt your children’s lives, particularly following the divorce of their parents. According to Parents.com, one of the best things you can do is to talk with your children about the upcoming changes. Avoid keeping everything hidden from them. Involve them in the process and discuss the potential of living in a new place. Your effort to make the transition an exciting one may replace uncertainty with anticipation.
There are also personal reasons for needing to move which are both legitimate and necessary. These may include the following:
- Economic hardship
- Physical disability
- Mental illness
- Lack of adequate child care
Petitioning the courts for an update to your custody agreement and asking them to approve your relocation can take some courage. Your effort to highlight the potential of moving may help them to feel your sincerity in suggesting this change.