Parental Relocation Protecting Your Family

Clarksville Relocation Lawyers

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When a couple with children gets divorced, it is common for one parent to relocate with the kids – whether it’s for a better job opportunity or to be closer to extended family members. However, the other parent may disapprove the move due to reduced parenting time and/or increased travel costs to visit the children. When both parents cannot agree on relocation, the court will decide.

If you are seeking or contesting relocation in Montgomery County, our legal team at Grimes, Sensing & Clemons PLLC can protect your rights and best interests throughout the legal process to get the results you desire. With more than three decades of experience, our Clarksville relocation attorneys can assess your case, figure out your available legal options, and ensure you get your day in court, if necessary.

To schedule a free consultation, call us today at (931) 398-5308.

Tennessee Relocation Laws

If a custodial parent wishes to move less than 50 miles away from the other parent’s home, he/she can do so without first seeking court approval. On the other hand, if a parent wants to move more than 50 miles away or to another state, he/she must give a written notice to the court and also send it to the other parent 60 days prior to the potential move.

The court notice must include all the following:

  • A statement of your intended relocation

  • The location of your potential new home

  • The reasons for the potential relocation

  • A statement saying the noncustodial parent has 30 days after receiving this notice to file a petition to object the potential move.

If a noncustodial parent doesn’t object to the relocation, the custodial parent can move after 30 days. The parent who wishes to move must also file a petition to modify the visitation schedule, unless both parents agree on the revised plan.

The court will make a decision based on the best interests of the child. Both parents must provide evidence to support their ability to act in the child’s best interests.

The following are common factors the court will consider when determining a child’s best interests:

  • The child’s relationship with each parent

  • The child’s age and needs

  • The relationship of both parents

  • The ability to provide a continuous relationship between the noncustodial parent and the child and offer a stable household

  • Each parent’s willingness to cooperate and act in the best interests of the child

  • The child’s preference, if he/she is at least 12 years of age

  • If the relocation will enhance the child’s quality of life (e.g. educational, health, financial, emotionally beneficial, etc.)

  • The quality of care the custodial parent provides the child

  • Any evidence of abuse of neglect

  • Any other parties who lives with the child

The judge will also examine the reason for the relocation and additional visitation costs incurred by the noncustodial parent. Our firm can thoroughly prepare you for the relocation hearing and develop a strong case to show that your interests are aligned with your child’s best interests.

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Our Clarksville relocation lawyers are ready to help you and your child get a fresh start in life. Do not hesitate to reach out immediately and let us get started on your case.

Contact us today to learn about your legal options.

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