Parental Relocations

Colorado Child Relocation

Following a divorce or other custody action, neither parent may take a child and relocate to a distant geographical area without consent or a Court Order. These rules do not just apply to a move out of state. A move within the state, such as from Fort Collins to Colorado Springs, is also prohibited without consent or an Order.

Circumstances Justifying a Change of Locale

The law recognizes that circumstances can occasionally necessitate a relocation. For example, a parent might be transferred by an employer to another city or state, or desire family support in another location. The law also recognizes that there can be compelling reasons to deny a request to relocate — most times, one parent will not have as much contact with the children as he or she previously enjoyed if the other parent takes the children out of the immediate geographical area.

Custody Modification and Enforcement

At Polidori Franklin Monahan & Beattie, L.L.C., we work with both custodial and noncustodial parents to protect their rights in matters of relocation. As in all matters relating to parental responsibilities (formerly known as custody), the courts are guided by the principle of the child’s best interests, although judges apply additional considerations to relocations that occur post-decree.

With so much at stake in relocation proceedings, you are at a great disadvantage if you have no representation or inferior representation.

If you are a parent contemplating relocating with your children, or if you are a parent who has just learned of the other parent’s plans to relocate, contact the Denver child relocation lawyers at Polidori Franklin Monahan & Beattie L.L.C. at 303-936-3300, or write to our attorneys using this convenient form.

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