Over the years, it has become more and more common for parents to share custody of children after a divorce. The courts typically view this as best for the children and the parents, and there can be many up sides to having both parents involved in the children’s lives.
However, there is one problem that has become more common as a result. In the days when only one parent was typically handed sole custody, that parent could usually move at will. Now, with joint custody, courts can actually bar parents from moving to a new town or state.
This happened to one woman who shared custody with her ex. At first, it wasn’t a problem, as both parents were close to the school that the children attended, so they simply traded off weeks, with one parents watching the children for an entire week and then the other taking them the next week.
Then the woman began dating again, got married, and had another child with her new husband. The couple decided they wanted to move. It wasn’t a drastic move, but did cover about 100 miles.
That’s when the court stepped in and said they couldn’t do it. If they did, it would mean the father, who had joint custody rights, wouldn’t realistically get to see his children. The woman fought the decision, saving she should have a right to move and live with her new husband, but she ultimately lost.
As this case shows, custody decisions can sometimes have unexpected impacts on parents’ rights, so it’s important for parents to know the ramifications of any ruling.
Source: NPR, “When an Ex Moves, Do the Kids Go, Too?,” Toviah Smith, accessed Feb. 10, 2016