If the parent of a child subject to a shared custody order wishes to move, specific Michigan laws govern the parent’s ability to relocate. Michigan family law Henry Bergmans understands the intricacies of child relocation law. He can explain your rights and options concerning relocation and changing a child’s residence.
In Michigan, it is presumed that a child's interests are best served by having strong relationships with both parents. That is one of the primary reasons that a court often awards joint custody following the end of a marriage or separation.
When parents share custody under a court order, Michigan law states that one parent may not relocate with a child by more than 100 miles without first seeking the approval of the other parent. If the other parent refuses to give consent, the parent wishing to relocate may request permission from the court to change the child’s residence. A parent must always get the court's permission before moving outside of Michigan with a child subject to a shared custody order, regardless of whether the move is more than 100 miles or not.
A court considers many factors when deciding whether to permit a parent to relocate a child, including:
If a proposed move will alter the existing custodial environment with the non-relocating parent, the court will determine whether the move is in the best interests of the child.
If you are facing legal issues concerning relocation of a child subject to a shared custody order, you may schedule a free consultation to talk with Henry Bergmans about your situation by calling (810) 360-0900 or by using the online contact form. Based in Howell, Bergmans Law, P.C. serves clients in Livingston County, Genesee County, Ingham County, and Washtenaw County, and in the surrounding areas.