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Key Considerations When Relocating After Divorce

After you’ve finalized your divorce, you may wish to relocate to another state with your children. This may be due to the fact that you want to live closer to your family, want to keep your kids away from a dangerous situation or any number of other factors.

While it certainly is possible to relocate after a divorce, it can be difficult to do so — especially if the other parent does not consent to the move.

Below are a few key factors to consider when deciding on making a move to a new location with your children post-divorce:

  • You may need to go to court: If you wish to move your kids out of state, it’s possible that your former partner could try to fight to move in court. Speak with an attorney and be prepared to support your case in front of a judge.
  • Understand what’s in your children’s best interests: More than anything else, judges aim to create a situation that is in the kids’ best interests. If a judge decides it would be best for the children to remain close to their other parent, he or she may not allow you to move.
  • Be ready for others to question your motives: There may be some people in your life, whether it’s your former partner, friends or family members, who may suspect that you are relocating for reasons that are not in your kids’ best interests.

If you have questions about this or any other issues related to your Minnesota divorce, speak with a knowledgeable family law attorney at Appelhof, Pfeifer & Hart, P.A.

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