Moving out of Washington is a big decision, especially if you are a parent. One of the most pressing concerns for parents is whether they can take their children with them if they decide to move.
Here’s what you may need to consider if you are considering moving out of the state with your children.
Legal requirements for moving with children
If you are a parent who wants to move out of Washington with your children, there are legal requirements that you must comply with. First and foremost, you need to obtain permission from the other parent. This applies even if you have sole custody of your children. In Washington state, both parents have equal rights and responsibilities regarding their children, and both must consent to a child’s relocation.
If the other parent does not agree to the move, you will need to petition the court for permission to relocate. The court will consider several factors in deciding whether to grant your request. These may include factors such as:
- The reasons for the move: You must demonstrate a legitimate reason for the move, such as a job opportunity or family support.
- The relationship between the child and each parent: The court will consider the child’s relationship with both parents and the impact the move will have on the child’s relationship with the non-moving parent.
- The child’s age and needs: The court will consider the child’s age and needs, including their education and social connections, and how the move will affect them.
- The impact on the non-moving parent’s visitation rights: The court will consider how the move will affect the non-moving parent’s ability to maintain a meaningful relationship with the child.
While moving may be your only option, it is essential to work through the process with the other parent.
If you want to move out of Washington with your children and the other parent agrees to the move, it is essential to obtain written consent. The consent should be specific about the move, including the date, location and duration of the move. This written agreement can help avoid future disputes.
If the other parent does not agree to the move, you must petition the court for permission to relocate. Working with an experienced family law attorney who can help you navigate the legal process and present a compelling case to the court is important.
If you are thinking of moving out of Washington and want to take your children with you, there are legal requirements that you must comply with. Working with an experienced family law attorney can help you navigate this process and increase your chances of success.