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Relocation causes challenges in Georgia child custody rulings

In some cases, a married couple may divorce and may amicably agree on child custody arrangements for a child. However, when a couple cannot agree on a custody arrangement, parenting time and a custody situation may be determined by a family law judge. Parenting time may be split or shared in a fair, equitable manner that is in the child's best interest when parents live close to each other. However, when one parent has a move-away request, the judge's decision becomes complicated.

One parent may make a move-away request to the court and may request an adjusted custody arrangement. Move-away requests may commonly be made when one parent is getting remarried, has been offered a career opportunity or has other significant reasons to move to a new location. The judge must decide which parent should have primary custody of the child.

The outcome of a judge's ruling in a move-away request could impact the relationship between the child and parent, so deciding what is in the best interest of the child can be difficult. Judges will review numerous factors when making a decision, and some of these include the preference of the child, the child's age, how far away the parent is relocating and the reason for the relocation.

The ruling of a family law judge in a move-away case may affect a parent as well as the child. Parents who are making a move-away request or who are dealing with a move-away request from the other parent may consider working with a family law attorney in Georgia for assistance with their case. A family law attorney may help the parent to learn more about his or her legal options and may help the parent fight for the desired custodial arrangement for the child.

Source: The Huffington Post, "In the Child's Best Interest: What It Means in Move-Away Cases", Lisa Helfend Meyer, February 12, 2014

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