A child custody order may seem like the end of the divorce process, but life changes can crop up unexpectedly at any point in the future. If your custody or visitation arrangements may be affected by such a change through the need to relocate, legal support may be important for ensuring that your needs are met without hindering your relationship with your child.
Arizona has a 100-mile standard that is typically applied to child custody and visitation orders, requiring that a custodial parent obtains permission for any move that will be more than 100 miles from the current location. The logic behind this requirement is the fact that a greater distance can result in challenges for the other parent in complying with visitation schedules and continuing to be involved in a child’s life. Prior to making such a move with a child, the custodial parent typically needs to obtain permission from the court.
Although the 100-mile standard exists, this doesn’t mean that it is impossible to obtain permission to move. However, it is important to take care of the issue promptly so that delays in judicial decisions are minimized. You may have valid reasons for your move, but you must go through the proper channels in obtaining permission for your child to move. Whether you are affected by a job change, family emergency, deployment or other major need, your modification request could meet challenges from the noncustodial parent because of the impact this change may have on his or her activities and plans.
Our experienced attorneys can assist you in ensuring that a request for modification is handled efficiently so that the potential for a favorable ruling is increased. Mediation and other informal methods may be used to minimize the time spent in court. You are invited to read our page on custody order modifications for further information.