There are a number of relatively commonplace occurrences that arise following the issuance of an initial child custody order in a Connecticut divorce that warrant a reconsideration of the order. One desire to change an existing custody order can stem from one parent wanting to relocate. There are a number of factors to bear in mind when it comes to relocation of a minor and alteration of an existing child custody order.
Standard applied regarding relocation and child custody
A Connecticut court utilizes a specific standard is faced with the prospect of one parent desiring to relocate, necessitating an alteration in an existing child custody order. In fact, the standard is the same that was used by the court when the initial parenting time determination was made.
The court utilizes the best interests of a child standard. Even though a parent may desire or even need to relocate and change his or her residence, the focus remains on what is in a minor child’s best interests.
Factors considered by court when considering parental relocation and child custody
In applying the best interests of a child standard in a situation regarding parental relocation and child custody, a court considers a number of factors. These can include:
- The underlying reason for the relocation
- Whether adhering to the regular recurring parenting time with the noncustodial parent can be maintained or even improved
- The improvement of quality of life for the child as a result of relocation
- The distance between parents following the relocation
- The child’s desires, depending on age and maturity level