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Parental Relocation In South Carolina: What You Need To Know

For a divorced or separated parent, it is not uncommon for a job or another opportunity to draw them to another state. When this happens, however, child custody and visitation can quickly become complicated. When considering parental relocation, it is critical that an individual has a full understanding of what it may entail.

Our firm can help you make sense of this process. At Ballinger Law Firm, Beverly Ballinger works with both sides of a parental relocation matter. She has an extensive background in aiding clients in the Mount Pleasant area and Charleston, Berkeley and Dorchester counties.

What Is Needed For Court Approval?

Deciding to relocate with a child is a major decision. Because of how a potential move from a noncustodial parent can impact a child’s life, a court must approve a relocation outside of the state of South Carolina. When making a determination, some of the factors a court will consider are the following:

  • What are the advantages of a move?
  • What is the reason to relocate?
  • What is the relationship between the child and each parent?
  • What is the impact of relocation on the child’s future contact with the non-custodial parent?
  • What are the economic, emotional, and educational advantages of the move?
  • What is the possibility of preserving the child’s relationship with the non-custodial parent by visitation?
  • Will the move substantially improve the quality of life for the custodial parent and the child?

Parental relocation can be a sensitive issue. Regardless of which side you fall on with regard to a potential move, it is critical that you consult with a family law attorney who will help you protect what is important to you. At our firm, we take a compassionate approach to helping our divorced and separated clients as they confront complex legal matters.

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To learn more about your legal options with regard to parental relocation, call us today at 843-790-7807. You can also arrange for a consultation by contacting us via email.