Making the decision to pack up and move to another area of the state or another state altogether can be a stressful and difficult one. However, if you add an open family law matter to the mix, things can get even more stressful. So, what information can you help gather for your attorney to assist in your argument for relocation? It varies per case, but here are some general key pieces of information that can assist your case.
1. Parenting Time Plan:
When distance is a factor, parenting time can become difficult to schedule. The Indiana Parenting Time Guidelines give minimum suggestions for parenting time at a distance. For example, the non-custodial parent always receives Spring Break per the Guidelines. However, if you have a plan and can agree that you will travel back to the non-custodial parent’s state 6 times a year or will fly the children out for 3 day weekends, this can assist with making a plan for relocation.
2. School information and activities:
If the child is going to be beginning middle school at the time you plan to move, review the schools. Look to see what the rankings are and how the schools add up to surrounding schools. If you are in the area and able, go on a tour and meet with the teacher for your child’s grade level. Ask questions, and get as much information as possible, to show that the school is a good fit for your child. Often, a move requires that children are taken out of their element in one community and relocated to a new community. See what activities are available in the new setting. If your child was a star basketball player, look for local or school programs. If your child has always wanted to try painting, looks for local art studios. Look for activities that can engage your child, and have a plan for what the children will be involved in upon relocation.
3. Plan your employment:
Often, changes in employment or employment opportunities are an underlying reason for a relocation. But, without a plan for employment, this can make the argument weaker. Know when you plan to start if you relocate. How childcare and health insurance will work is also important information to relay. Instead of having a general work plan, know the specifics and how you will transition from where you are now to your new surroundings.
We hope that this blog post has been helpful in exploring helpful information for relocation. Due to the complexities of relocation matters, try seeking the advice of an attorney to assist you with your case. This blog is not intended as legal advice. Ciyou & Dixon, P.C. practices throughout the state of Indiana. This blog post was written by attorney, Jessica Keyes.