Michigan Parental Relocation Lawyer
Preserving & Defending Parental Rights In Move-Away Cases
Parents commonly relocate after entry of a judgment of divorce or an order establishing custody. This is often an emotional and combative time between the involved parties and raises the issues of whether the parent is allowed to move away and whether custody and parenting time arrangements should be modified.
The Law Office of Julian J. Poota, PLLC understands both the law and the sensitive realities of these contentious situations. At our office, we represent parents on both sides of the custody relocation, in contested proceedings and in negotiations, providing candid counsel and zealous representation.
Can The Parent Move Out Of Town Or Out Of State?
Under Michigan law, the parent of a child in a joint custody arrangement is prohibited from moving more than 100 miles away from the child’s legal residence at the time of the filing of the action in which the custody order was issued unless the change is made in accordance with a provision in the custody order, the other parent agrees to the change, the child’s legal residences were initially more than 100 miles apart, the change would bring them closer, or the court permits the change of residence.
Further, regardless of a sole or joint custody arrangement, the residence of the child may not be moved from the state of Michigan without the approval of the judge who awarded custody or the judge’s successor.