In Need of a Child Relocation Lawyer in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina?
At the David W. Martin Law Group, our Myrtle Beach child relocation lawyers know that after parents part ways — whether they were married and divorced or never married — their children are the primary concern moving forward.
After the parents make child custody decisions in private, during negotiations with their South Carolina family law attorneys, in mediation, or ordered by the family courts, that agreement or order is legally enforceable going forward.
If the custodial parent — the one with whom the children live — wants to move outside the state, they must meet the legal requirements for approval. If the non-custodial parent — the one who has visitation rights to spend time with their children — objects, they must also meet the legal requirements to prevent the move from occurring.
Our skilled Horry County child relocation attorneys represent parents on both sides of the argument and have successfully approved moves and stopped them from happening. We can also help you and your family, starting with an initial consultation.
Can I Relocate to Another State After a South Carolina Divorce?
Relocating with your children after a South Carolina divorce or another relationship dissolution can be complex and require court approval.
South Carolina law recognizes the importance of maintaining the child’s relationship with both parents. Any relocation that significantly impacts that relationship is typically subject to specific legal requirements and considerations.
Here are some key points to consider:
- Review Your Existing South Carolina Child Custody Order
The terms of your existing custody order, including any restrictions or provisions related to relocation, are critical. If your custody order does not address relocation, it may not explicitly prohibit or permit it, leaving room for negotiation and legal consideration.
- Seek Consent from the Other Parent First
Based on their former relationship with the other parent, most parents know how a relocation conversation will go before they broach the subject. If the relationship was contentious or the divorce was combative, chances are the other parent will object to the move immediately.
However, if you and the other parent agree to the relocation, you can present a joint request to the court. If both parents consent and the proposed relocation is in the child’s best interests, the court is more likely to approve it.
No matter which legal course you take, our skilled child relocation attorneys in Myrtle Beach can ensure that all the elements are resolved, so there is no question about the legality of your move or objection to it.
- Request Court Approval for the Move
You must request court approval if the other parent does not consent to the relocation.
To do this, you must file a formal petition with the court, outlining the reasons for the move and demonstrating that it is in the child’s best interests. South Carolina courts make custody and relocation decisions based on the “best interests of the child.” You will need to present evidence that the move is in the child’s best interests, considering factors like the child’s relationship with both parents, the educational and emotional needs of the child, the reason for the move, and how the move will affect the child.
How Can the David W. Law Group Child Relocation Attorneys in Myrtle Beach Help?
Some courts may require parents to attend mediation before deciding on relocation. This allows parents to explore potential compromises and solutions.
If mediation cannot reach an agreement, the court will conduct a hearing to consider the relocation request. During the hearing, both parents can present evidence and arguments related to the proposed move.
The court will decide based on the evidence and arguments presented. This is where our legal experience, skills, and resources help our clients reach the desired outcome, as we will always be ready to present your case thoroughly. Our Myrtle Beach child relocation attorneys will build a robust case involving the specific circumstances for or against the move and represent your and the children’s best interests inside and outside the courtroom.
If the court determines that the relocation is in the child’s best interests, it may approve with specific terms and conditions, including adjustments to the visitation schedule, transportation arrangements, or other provisions.
We can also help for:
- Child Custody
- Fathers Rights
- Grandparents Rights
- Child Support
- Emergency Custody
- Uncontested Divorce
- Property Division
- Visitation Modification
Contact Our Skilled Child Relocation Attorneys in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina Today
We can help design a new agreement that reflects the decisions made in private, during mediation, or ordered by the court so your move or its opposition is legally enforceable. Call 854-854-5623 or contact us online to learn more about your legal rights and options to pursue the best outcome for your unique case by partnering with our dedicated South Carolina child relocation attorneys at the David W. Martin Law Group today.