There are many factors to consider when deciding whether or not child custody relocation is right for you and your child. Family law attorney Rebecca Wade explains these child custody considerations on this week’s FAQ Friday.

If you’re a parent considering relocation, there are a number of factors that must be weighed to prove your case. “It’s not simply ticking boxes one two and three,” family law attorney Rebecca Wade explains. “It’s really fact specific.”

“First, you need to consider whether the move is voluntary or a requirement,” says Wade. Secondly, you must consider the relationship between the child and the non-custodial parent. “How often does the child see the other parent and how involved is that parent? Does the parent attend school functions or go to doctors appointments? Those things can make a big difference.”

Lastly, parents considering relocation should weigh the independent benefits for the child upon relocation. “Depending on the situation,” says Wade, “moving to be closer to family or to live in a better school district could benefit the child positively and could ultimately be grounds for relocation.”

“As soon as the possibility of relocation arises, it’s important to meet with an experienced attorney who can help you weigh the circumstances as a whole,” explains Wade. “Planning far in advance for relocation can help avoid any road bumps and get your closer to ensuring the best possible outcome for the child.”