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Navigating long-distance child custody arrangements

Divorce is never an easy time for anyone in the family, especially the children. If the children are young, a divorce represents change and uncertainty. While these can be opportunities for children to develop resilience and grit in the long run, it is essential to keep their ages and maturity levels in mind so that parents don’t ask too much of them.

In some divorces, one parent must move to another state or country. Perhaps it is because of a new job or because they are returning to where their family is from. Either way, it can pose a problem when figuring out child custody.

Best interests of the child

Usually, unless the parents agree, courts will hesitate to allow one parent to move with the child from where the child currently resides to another state or country. Courts consider many factors when making decisions about the child’s best interests, including stability and consistency.

Alternative schedules

Courts also understand that parents need to see their children and vice-versa. It is possible to come up with a schedule that allows more extended visits for out-of-state parents or parents who live in another country while the child is on vacation. If the child is older, the courts may consider flying arrangements so the child can visit the parent who lives away.

Emotional support

If you are the parent who must move away, continue communicating with your child. Today’s technology advancements allow you to do that quickly, and it’s an excellent way to remain close and provide emotional reassurance and support to your child

A parent moving from one state or country to another can be traumatic for a child. There are things you can do to make that change more manageable and to help your child navigate these changes in a healthy way that supports their mental health and emotional growth.