Relocating With A Child Is A Complex Legal Process

We Represent Relocating Parents And Those Who Wish To Prevent A Relocation

There are a number of reasons why parents wish to relocate with a child following a divorce. Remarriage, a new job that will improve one's economic situation, or a desire to raise a child near grandparents and enroll the child in a better school are all reasons why moving may be a good idea.

Depending upon your custody agreement with your child's other parent, moving may require court approval. At the law office of Todd & Dossett, P.C., we assist parents in eastern Tennessee with relocation petitions. We also represent parents who wish to defend against a petition to relocate in order to help them maintain their own relationship with the child.

We Protect Your Rights At Every Phase

If you wish to move to another state or within Tennessee but more than 100 miles away from your current home, you must send a certified letter to your child's other parent that explains your intent. A parent who receives such a notice is required to respond within 30 days of receipt.

It is important to note that relocation often triggers changes to child support. We will address every aspect of your parenting plan that must be reviewed so you understand the full implications of a relocation.

Often, parents are able to work together to reach agreement in these cases. It is always important to work with a knowledgeable family law attorney who will protect your interests and make sure the proper legal steps are taken. Even if parents agree to a move, it is important to process the proper legal forms.

What Happens If There Is A Dispute?

If two parents do not agree about a relocation, the court will consider a number of factors in order to rule on the matter. This includes:

  • How involved both parents are in the child's life
  • How closely both parents are adhering to the existing parenting plan
  • Whether the primary parent is likely to adhere to a revised parenting plan
  • The mental and physical health of both parents
  • The home, school and community record of the child

Ready To Represent You In A Relocation Petition

We are ready to assist you in your relocation matter, whether you are seeking to relocate or want to prevent a relocation. Call 423-343-4462 or use our online contact form to schedule a meeting with our experienced parental relocation lawyer.