Parental Relocation Assistance in Murfreesboro
Knowledgeable Advice from a Murfreesboro Family Lawyer
When a couple decides to split, they may find their lives take dramatically
different directions, prompting one spouse to relocate over a long distance,
sometimes out of the state of Tennessee entirely. When these estranged
spouses are also sharing custody of a child, this can seriously complicate
a family’s visitation and parenting plans.
As such, Tennessee Code Ann. § 36-6-108 provides a legal process which
a parent wishing to relocate over a long distance must follow in order
to maintain their visitation rights. This process is complicated and does
require a certain degree of care to ensure all of the proper paperwork
has been filed within the required deadlines. As such, it is strongly
advised that you retain the services of an experienced Murfreesboro family lawyer.
The Clarke Law Firm has assisted residents of Murfreesboro with a wide
variety of legal matters, including many family law cases. Attorney David
L. Clarke has become renowned by his clients and his peers for his honest
and straight-forward style of representation. His sound advice and compassionate
approach to each family law case has earned him the respect of the legal
Contact The Clarke Law Firm and get assistance with your parental relocation needs today.
The Tennessee Relocation Process
Tennessee’s relocation process requires that parents wishing to move
fit a very particular criteria, and must also present a new parenting
plan along with their request to relocate. It is important to note that
this process is only required for parents who wish to move more than 100
miles away from the other parent or
those who wish to move across state lines.
The parental relocation process is as follows:
- No less than 60 days before moving, the parent who wishes to move must
notify the other parent by mail of their intent to move by mail. This
notice must include the statement of intent to move, the location where
they are moving to, the reason for the move, and a statement informing
the other parent may file a petition in opposition to the move within
30 days of their receiving the notice.
- The relocating parent must file a petition to alter the visitation plan,
which will be carried out by the court, who will determine a number of
factors, including foremost the child’s best interests.
- If the other parent files a petition, to change or take over custody of
the child, the court will consider this petition against a number of criteria
before coming to a decision in the child’s best interests.
- If no petition is filed within 30 days, the relocating parent will be allowed
to move with custody of the child.
A Murfreesboro family attorney may be able to help you throughout this
process, including helping you draft a proper notice and assisting you
through any petitions your estranged spouse may file for.
Don’t attempt to relocate with child custody without first calling
the Clarke Law Firm by dialing (615) 645-1501 and requesting a