The judge needs to know that your reason for moving is not to keep the other parent from seeing your child. If the judge believes that the real reason you want to leave is to stop the other parent from seeing your child, the judge will probably not let you move.
Tell the judge in your affidavit and at court:
- You are not moving to keep the other parent from seeing your child.
- You tried to work with the other parent to come up with a plan to make sure they can still see your child.
- You have a plan to keep contact between your child and their other parent.
A plan to keep contact between your child and the other parent may help the judge give you permission to move.
The fact that parenting time may be different once you move is not a reason to deny you permission to move.
Start a notebook and write down the date and describe how you told the other parent that:
- You want to come up with a new parenting time plan that will give the other parent as much time with your child as possible.
- The other parent can have parenting time with your child.
- The other parent can have school and summer vacations with your child to make up for losing weekend and weeknight visits.
- You will pay some of the travel costs for parenting time, if you can afford it.
- You will make sure your child and the other parent continue to have contact after you move.
- You offered to have your children call the other parent on a regular basis.
- You offered to help your child have video calls with the other parent.
Keep copies of any texts, emails, voicemails, or proposed parenting time plans that show the judge you want to protect your child’s relationship with the other parent. You can attach this proof to your affidavit so the judge can see it before you go to court.