Missouri Divorce Relocation Lawyers Providing Counsel and Representation to Parents

When parents share custody of a child, even the simplest decision can quickly become complicated. The decision to move away from a home that your child knows is one that the courts will look at carefully. After a divorce, relocation can become a complicated issue. At Rogers Sevastianos & Bante, LLP, we give clients the personal service and knowledgeable advice they need to protect their interests in cases involving relocation. If you are considering a move, or if you are worried about the impact of a move on your child, we can help find the solutions you need.

To discuss your case with one of our caring and forthright St. Louis child relocation attorneys, call 314-354-8484 or contact us online.

Missouri Child Relocation Law

In any situation involving relocation, whether that relocation is across town or across the country, you are required to notify the other parent of the move. Under Missouri Revised Statutes Section 452.377, at a minimum, the relocation notice must contain the following information if it is known:

  • The intended new residence — including the specific address, mailing address, the city, etc.
  • The home telephone number of the new residence
  • The date of the intended move or proposed relocation
  • A brief statement of the specific reasons for the proposed relocation of a child, if applicable
  • A proposal for a revised schedule of custody or visitation with the child, if applicable

If the move will involve new schools, increased difficulty in exchanging the child, or virtually any impact on the child or the other parent, it is important to plan ahead. To gain the approval of the courts, the parent who is moving may have to provide child impact studies, an analysis of the school system, proof of access to health care facilities, and expert testimony.

A parent is allowed to relocate with a child 60 days after providing the other parent with a written notice. However, the other parent may file an objection to the relocation within 30 days of the receipt of the notice. Any objection to a relocation must be accompanied by an affidavit setting out a factual basis for prohibiting a relocation.

Importantly, the party seeking to relocate has the burden of proving that the proposed relocation is in the best interest of the child and is made in good faith.

How a St. Louis Child Relocation Lawyer Can Help You

Whether you are seeking to relocate with a child, actively opposing a proposed relocation, or simply are weighing your options regarding relocation, it is important to understand that courts have significant discretion in permitting the relocation of a child. When you retain attorneys from Rogers Sevastianos & Bante, LLP, we will explain the relevant law to you and help you take steps to ensure that your case is resolved as favorably as possible.

Call Rogers Sevastianos & Bante, LLP, Today to Speak with a Child Relocation Lawyer

If you have questions related to child relocation or are actively involved in a relocation dispute, you should speak to an attorney as soon as you can. For a free in-office or telephone consultation with an attorney, contact us or call our office today at 314-354-8484.