Child Custody Relocation Factors
Relocation factors.–In determining whether to grant a proposed relocation, the court shall
consider the following factors, giving weighted consideration to those factors which affect the
safety of the child:
- The nature, quality, extent of involvement and duration of the child’s relationship with the
party proposing to relocate and with the nonrelocating party, siblings and other
significant persons in the child’s life.
- The age, developmental stage, needs of the child and the likely impact the relocation will
have on the child’s physical, educational and emotional development, taking into
consideration any special needs of the child.
- The feasibility of preserving the relationship between the nonrelocating party and the
child through suitable custody arrangements, considering the logistics and financial
circumstances of the parties.
- The child’s preference, taking into consideration the age and maturity of the child.
- Whether there is an established pattern of conduct of either party to promote or thwart the
relationship of the child and the other party.
- Whether the relocation will enhance the general quality of life for the party seeking the
relocation, including, but not limited to, financial or emotional benefit or educational
- Whether the relocation will enhance the general quality of life for the child, including,
but not limited to, financial or emotional benefit or educational opportunity.
- The reasons and motivation of each party for seeking or opposing the relocation.
- The present and past abuse committed by a party or member of the party’s household and
whether there is a continued risk of harm to the child or an abused party.
- Any other factor affecting the best interest of the child.