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How is visitation handled if the child moves to another state?

On Behalf of | Mar 4, 2022 | Family Law

Maryland has a high percentage of divorced couples with children. Sometimes the parents share custody of their child and sometimes one parent has full custody and the other parent has visitation and supports the child financially. Even if the relationship between the parents was amicable when they lived in close proximity to each other, if something happens and the custodial parent takes the child and moves to another state, things can become much more complicated and the relationship between the parents may be compromised.

Sometimes a custodial parent moves to another state with the child simply because a good opportunity presented itself and it was the best decision for that parent to take the child and move. However, the other parent also has rights.

Maryland considers changes to relocation law

Currently, Maryland law puts limits on parental relocation only when there is a child custody order in place. In this type of situation, one parent can challenge the other’s move with the child. The court will decide the matter based on its interpretation of the child’s best interests.
Recently, state legislators started debating a measure that would allow parents to challenge relocation even in situations where the parents do not have a child custody order. If the measure becomes law, parents could request an emergency hearing if the other parent plans to move more than 40 miles away.

The sound advice of a knowledgeable family law attorney

If you are in a difficult situation with child custody, the expertise of a family law attorney in Maryland may prove to be invaluable to you. The best interests of your child and the child’s welfare are your top priorities and an experienced attorney can fight for your rights and can support you when you need the support and will stay by your side every step of the way for a hopefully positive outcome.