According to Colorado statutes, custodial parents who are seeking to relocate must provide written notice to the other parent. If you are in this situation, a Colorado Springs Custody Attorney can help you prepare a document that cites your intention to relocate, where you intend to live, and the reasons for the requested move. In addition, an attorney can help you write a revised parenting time plan that keeps the best interests of your children in mind.
The court will then make a determination about whether the proposed relocation is in the best interests of the children. When requests like this are contested by the other parent, the Courts consider all relevant circumstances, including how much time the non-custodial parent currently spends with the children, and these other factors.
• The reason for the move
• The reason why the non-custodial parent objects to the proposed move
• The quality and history of each parent’s relationship with the child(ren)
• Educational opportunities in the new location, compared to the present one
• The benefits to the child of remaining with the parent with whom they reside most of the time
• Any anticipated impact to the child from the move
• Whether a meaningful amount of parenting time can be afforded to the other parent after the move
• Whether there is any extended family living in the present home area, versus the new community
These Colorado parenting laws apply to any intended relocation that will substantially change a child’s geographic ties to their present community. A Colorado Springs child custody attorney can also offer legal counsel and representation if your case ends up in court.