Ohio Revised Code 3109.051(G) requires that, “If the residential parent intends to move to a residence other than the residence specified in the parenting time order or decree of the court, the parent shall file a notice of intent to relocate with the court that issued the order or decree. …. the court shall send a copy of the notice to the parent who is not the residential parent. Upon receipt of the notice, the court, on its own motion or the motion of the parent who is not the residential parent, may schedule a hearing with notice to both parents to determine whether it is in the best interest of the child to revise the parenting time schedule for the child.”
When parents are working well together, they will often be able to work out these relocation issues on their own with minimal Court involvement, and sometimes no Court involvement at all. However, there are those situations when the residential parent intends to relocate to another state or even just several hours away. If you’re intending to relocate, or the residential parent of your child has informed you they intend to relocate with the child, it’s important that you understand the process and your legal obligations regarding that relocation.
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It’s become more and more common for parents to enter into Shared Parenting rather than one parent having legal custody of a child. Oftentimes, parents reside in the same school district. Difficulties arise when one parent relocates to another district. Whenever possible, it’s best for the parents to attempt to work out these problems without Court involvement. Issues such as enrollment, transportation to and from school, and to and from activities are specific to each family, and within each family, each child. The first step when these problems arise should be to sit down and speak with the other parent and try to work out a solution.
However, if you’ve tried that and not been able to agree, you may need to seek legal advice and a Court order. At Maciorowski Law, we can advise if and when you should file regarding these issues, or in the alternative, advise you on how to best approach the matter with the other parent. If you’re having these problems, please call and schedule a consultation.