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Move-away custody cases and the best interests of the child

Every child custody case in Rhode Island presents its own unique facets and dimension. Some child custody plans may be arranged out of court, with the help of mediators and attorneys. Other times, child custody cases must be determined by the court. In either case, those planning the child custody arrangement must keep the child's best interests at the forefront of the conversation. The child's needs outweigh the parent's wants, but there are, in many cases, ways to fulfill both.

One situation in which the child's best interests are not always clear is when one parent, usually the custodial parent, decides to relocate to a different part of the country. Sometimes this means moving thousands of miles from the non-custodial parent. This can easily complicate matters. Visitation can become an issue as it may require plane travel, and this can seriously affect the parent-child relationship.

It is easy to see why this is not an ideal situation for the child. No matter the outcome, the child will be spending less time with one of the parents. In most situations, this is not ideal. But still, as in every kind of child custody situation, there are ways to make it work. To do so requires careful and sensitive planning and a plan that is structured to satisfy the child's best interests.

Equipped with extensive knowledge of family law issues, it is possible to structure a parenting plan that satisfies the best interests of the child while still accounting for the parent's needs. This may require intricate plans and a vigorously structured divorce strategy, but for both parents and their children this is oftentimes worth the effort.

Source: Huffington Post, "In the Child's Best Interest: What It Means in Move-Away Cases," Lisa Helfend Meyer, Feb. 12, 2014

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