Parenting Plans may be modified if there occurs a substantial change in circumstances. For example, if the “primary” parent decides to move, even if not very far away but still outside of a child’s school district, there are very strict procedural requirements that must be satisfied prior to any such move. “Relocations,” when disputed, can be very challenging cases, with major ramifications with respect to both parties’ ability to comply with the Parenting Plan, particularly if the move is out of state or even the country, with the Court authorized to issue a wide range of remedies, including even switching primary parenting responsibilities.
Failure to comply with relocation procedures can also result in the imposition of sanctions (i.e. fines) and attorney fees against the violating parent. Accordingly, if you or the other parent ever consider relocating with your children, you will want to contact my office as far in advance as possible to ensure compliance with all of the relocation requirements and to ensure sound strategic planning.