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Massachusetts child custody laws can play a role in relocation

After a Massachusetts couple goes through a divorce, there are some instances in which one party may no longer feel the need to live in the same area. While the desire to move may arise after a separation, child custody issues may need to be addressed before such an action can take place. Making sure to handle the circumstances in the correct legal manner could help avoid complicated events in the future.

As many parents want to be involved in their children's lives, it is unlikely that one parent will simply allow the other to take the children and move to a different location possibly a considerable distance away. As a result, many couples and families may have to appear in court in order to have the situation resolved in a manner that will allow an unbiased view. Such a view could allow the circumstances to be regarded objectively and help determine what would be the best solution for those involved, especially the children.

The well-being of any children involved is typically the most important factor when it comes to court decisions on custody and relocation. Relocation may not be considered necessary if the main or one of the main reasons is a better paying job. However, if the move would improve the quality of life for the children then relocation may not be seen in a negative light.

Relocation and child custody can be complicated situations to work out for divorced parents. As a result, having information on Massachusetts state laws regarding child custody and related topics could help a parent determine the likelihood of a relocation being plausible. Being properly prepared for a situation could help parents receive the desired outcome.

Source: The Huffington Post, 6 Things to Expect and Consider When Relocating with Children After Divorce, Andrea Moore, Dec. 18, 2013

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