When a child’s parents aren’t together, they can’t always be expected to live in the same area. Many things can necessitate one parent moving away. Or they might never have lived close to each other in the first place. For example, one parent might need to move closer to their family for help with daily life. One of the parents may have been on a temporary visa when the child was conceived. So both parents are unable to live in the same country. Sometimes you have to consider whether a job opportunity is worth moving. These are all tough situations to deal with. They can make child support and visitation complicated. Have a look at some of the things you might have to consider if you don’t live close to your child’s other parent.
Deciding to move far away when you have children with an ex can be hard. Whether you have primary custody or not, it will make it more difficult for your child to see one of their parents. However, there are often situations when a parent has to consider leaving or is even required to by law. If you have to leave, to return to your home country, for example, there may be little you can do about it. However, you should still take the necessary steps to ensure you have the legal rights you want. You should make sure you can fulfill your responsibilities too. It’s important to think about your child and their other parent before make a decision to move. Is it what is best for all of you as a family?
Preventing a Parent from Moving Away
Sometimes, your child’s other parent might want to move away. If you object to that, you wouldn’t be the first person. If your ex has primary custody of your child, it means that they will be taking your child further away from you. In some districts, it can be possible to prevent them leaving. Some laws state that parents can’t live far apart unless they can first work out a parenting schedule. Your custody order might also stipulate that they can’t move away with your child. However, if you are the primary parent, there might not be much you can do to stop the other parent leaving. But that could mean that they don’t keep the same visitation rights.
Visitation When You’re Far Apart
Living far apart from your child’s other parent can complicate child custody. Even being an hour or two away from each other makes it more difficult for both parents to be involved in the child’s life. Most of the time, it will be seen as unfair to the child to keep moving them around. It’s more likely to be the responsibility of the non-primary parent to make the effort to see their child. It might be an inconvenience, but it’s better than inconveniencing your child. It becomes more difficult when you live even farther away from each other. In these situations, a vacation schedule is worked out. The child often visits their other parent on agreed holidays or vacations.
Enforcing Child Support Orders
Making child support work across state or country borders can be hard too. It’s difficult enough to do it within the U.S., let alone internationally. If you have any trouble with a child support order, it’s often best to seek a specialist lawyer. The attorney should have experience with interstate or international child support cases. They can help to make sure orders are enforced, even in countries that don’t have child support agreements with the U.S.
Keeping in Touch
Making sure your child can maintain a relationship with both parents is a concern. Even if they are within an hour or two of each other, they can’t both see their child all the time. If you want to ensure your child can be close to both parents, you should use other methods of staying in touch. For example, Skype and other video calls are excellent for speaking face to face. Emailing or even writing letters can also be great methods for keeping in contact. It’s harder to stay in touch with younger children, but it can get easier as they get older. They are more able to contact their parent without having to go through their other parent.
Living far away from your child’s other parent isn’t ideal, but you can make it work. Whether your child lives with you or not, you should make an effort to maintain their relationship with both parents.