Relocation Law in Indiana
Guidance from Indianapolis Divorce Lawyers You Can Trust
Following a divorce, it is common for ex-spouses to stay roughly in the
same town, city, or region. This is particularly important for parents
who need still cooperatively raise their children together. However, there
are cases when the custodial parent wants or needs to relocate somewhere
further away—so much so that the new distance would affect the children's
relationship with the non-custodial parent. These circumstances can not
only become contentious, but can have a dramatic effect on the future
of children and parents alike.
If you are a parent facing a relocation issue, then it is essential that
you have vigilant and knowledgeable counsel by your side. Our compassionate
and experienced Indianapolis divorce attorneys at
Keffer Barnhart LLP are ready to advocate for you and on your children's behalf. We are
experienced, hands-on litigators who are well-versed in presenting a case
in the courtroom. Our team ensure that your family's best interests
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Relocating With Your Children
If you are a custodial parent looking to change your residence, you must
files a Notice of Intent to Relocate with the court 90 days before moving.
Please note that this is necessary even if the move is within the current
town or city where you already live.
In the event that the non-custodial objects to the move, then you will
have to appear in court and provide a legitimate reason and proof that
the move is in the children's best interests. Approval of this reason
is up to the judge's discretion, but fairly standard reasons are often
accepted: a new job opportunity, a new relationship, to be closer to family, etc.
Objecting to a Relocation
If you are a non-custodial parent who wishes to object to your co-parent’s
move with your children, then you must file an Objection to Relocation
within 60 days following the filing of the Notice of Intent to Relocate.
If you object, a hearing will be set and both parents must make their
case for and against the relocation.
Common reasons to object to a relocation include:
- The relocation will infringe on non-custodial parenting time.
- There is concern the moving parent is being dishonest about the move.
- The children are old enough to meaningfully object.
- The children are already thriving in their current community.
Please note: by objecting to a relocation, you are communicating to the
court that, if needed, you could become the custodial parent of your children.
This is rare since the relocating parent seldom moves on without their
children, but it is a possible solution the court will consider if needed.
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