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How far can you move post-divorce without permission?

On Behalf of | Oct 23, 2022 | child custody | 0 comments

Divorce can end your marriage, but it won’t necessarily end your relationship with your ex. If you have children, the two of you will need to frequently see one another and communicate about your kids. 

In many ways, you will remain tied to one another and to the general area where you lived prior to the divorce. If you want to make a major change, you would need to file special relocation paperwork with the courts. Moving away with your children requires that you either get approval from your ex or convince a judge that letting the kids move with you would be best for them. 

How far can you potentially move without triggering the relocation rules that apply in Kentucky shared custody scenarios? 

Your parenting plan holds the key

The parenting plan or custody order from your early negotiations most likely has terms that clarify how far either of you can move or travel with the children. Some families are very specific and limit relocations to the same county or school district. 

If you do not have specific terms that you set for yourselves regarding move-away situations, then the general rule is that you would have to move either 100 miles away or across state lines to require court approval or the cooperation of your ex to relocate. 

If you move 90 miles away, you likely won’t have to file paperwork with the courts or secure approval first. Of course, even if you only intend to move to the other side of town, the change will likely impact your ex and their schedule, so advance warning and communication are key to smoothing the transition. Understanding the rules that guide relocations for those with shared custody arrangements can help you make the best choices for your family.



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