Legislation addressing child custody and parental relocation

Child Custody / Parental Relocation – Shifts the focus of a parent’s relocation to the best interest of the child.   This legislation requires a parent seeking to relocate to provide notice to the non-relocating parent before doing so.  If an objection has been made by the non-relocating parent within 30 days of notice, this requires the court to determine whether relocation is in the best interest of the child using eight factors, including the nature of the relationship with the parents, the needs of the child, the feasibility of preserving the relationship with the non-relocating parent, the child’s preference, and more. Also, it requires the court to create a new permanent parenting plan if the court finds it is not in the best interest of the child to relocate with the relocating parent, and the relocating parent still elects to relocate.

Senate Bill 1651 by Stevens, Gardenhire, Gresham, Haile / Status: Public Chapter 853 / Effective Date: July 1, 2018

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