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What to expect when relocating with your child

Post-divorce relocation is an option that some parents may take after their divorce is finalized. This can be for many reasons, such as better jobs, more opportunities for their child, or a safer and more stable living environment. However, there are some potentially negative hurdles as well.

The American Psychological Association states that there may be long-term repercussions for children who are relocated after a divorce. A study was recently done in which college students were interviewed and the students with divorced parents were divided into different categories. At the end of the study, it was found that those whose parents did not move away post-divorce generally had an easier time than those who had a parent move away, or who moved with said parent. The latter category generally had less trust in their parents and viewed them as a smaller emotional support. They also rated themselves lower in terms of physical, emotional and mental wellness.

The Huffington Post also did an advice column on six things that divorcing parents should expect when they are relocating with a child after a divorce. This includes getting ready to take the custody battle to family court, and having plenty of proof ready in order to show that the child will be better off even if they are not within easy visiting range of the non-custodial parent. The type of proof requires differs depending on state and situation, so there unfortunately isn’t a clear-cut way of being able to tell if a relocation will be easy or impossible.

The involvement of children can make any divorce messier, but being prepared to face the inevitable hurdles will at the very least make it possible for a parent to understand what they’re up against.

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