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Arizona House rejects bill affecting custodial parents

One of the biggest issues facing divorced parents is that of child custody. For some couples, especially if they have split amicably, it is easier to reach an agreement on how to share their child's time. However, if the parents live far apart, or one of them seeks to move away, it can often complicate matters like visitation. Recently, in Arizona, a new bill threatened to make it harder for divorced parents to move with their children.

The bill would have made it mandatory that a custodial parent provide 45 days' notice to the non-custodial parent if they planned to move any more than 10 miles. In certain cases, they would also need to seek court approval. This would have replaced the current legislation which applied only to moves of more than 100 miles or to a location outside the state.

There are two sides to this debate. The bill sought to prevent children from being suddenly moved away from one of their parents. However, the length of the notification period could have been problematic if the custodial parent's move were for something time-sensitive, such as starting a new job.

Supporters of the bill claim that it is intended to force parents to consider what is best for the child when debating a move. However, others fear the provision might be abused by parents wishing to simply make things difficult for a former partner. Such individuals might object to a move regardless of its impact on the child.

Matters like this are often difficult to settle, but in Arizona, legislation aims to put the child first. In the heat of an argument, some parents can forget how much their decisions can affect their child. If you find yourself caught in a child custody dispute, some impartial advice can be extremely beneficial. A knowledgeable attorney can help you see what the best outcome for yourself and your child might be and guide you through the process of obtaining it.

Source: The Republic, "Arizona House rejects bill requiring notice of moves to non-custodial parents," Bob Christie, April 15, 2014

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