Working out parenting plans that suit both parents and their children after a divorce can be challenging. If one parent intends to relocate after the divorce, matters can be complicated. Spouses can become ex-spouses, but children can never become ex-children. Regardless of who has child custody, one parent relocating may not compromise parent-child relationships.
Under British Columbia Family Law, any parent who considers relocation must provide written notice 60 days in advance. This document must inform other guardians and people who have contact with the children according to a court order of the plans to relocate. This procedure is mandatory; even it is the non-custodial parent who wants to move.
The court may waive the need for the written notification in certain circumstances. If such information can give rise to abuse or violence or if there is no existing relationship between the children and the parent who will be separated from them, the court may make an exception. Also, if all parties agree, and parenting plans that ensure the preservation of parent-child relationships are in place, written notices may not be necessary.
However, a guardian or parent may file a motion in court to object such a move, and the court will consider various aspects to determine whether the relocation will still protect the best interests of the child. British Columbia parents who need legal advice or representation in a case of one parent wanting to relocate may benefit from consulting with an experienced family law lawyer. Regardless of whether guidance is needed by a parent with child custody who intends to move to a different location, or by a parent or guardian who wants to object to such a move, a skilled lawyer can advocate on behalf of the client.
Source: gov.bc.ca, “What happens if one parent wants to move?“, Accessed on Nov. 9, 2016
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