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Relocation after a Florida divorce: Good and the bad consequences

In any divorce, the children involved usually want both parents to live close to each other. In cases where the parents are constantly fighting, however, that may not be the best choice for the well-being of anyone in the family. Relocation can be a good thing in such cases, but moving too far could also be detrimental. There are both good and bad consequences of moving after a divorce in Florida or any other state.

A study which was published in the Journal of Family Psychology states that kids can suffer harm when one of the parents moves over an hour away from the other after a divorce. After watching a group of 2,000 students from college, in which 600 had divorced parents, the researchers said that when parents relocate to far away places, the kids pay the price. The children are said to be more stressful, more hostile and less satisfied with their lives.

Even so, as many as 25 percent of all custodial parents end up moving away from the other parent within two years of a divorce. And in another report, it was stated that mothers tend to move as many as four times during the first six years after experiencing a divorce. Sometimes this move is better for all involved, since the mother may be moving closer to a support system, a better job or even to get away from an abusive ex.

If a Florida parent decides that relocation is the best thing for the parent and his or her children, it is best to discuss this possibility with a family law attorney at the first opportunity. Before a divorce is final, this gives the lawyer time to make sure that there is no wording in the divorce which would forbid such a move. After a divorce has been finalized, the attorney can help the client seek approval for the relocation according to the terms of the divorce decree and/or applicable law. 

Source: mindpub.com, "Pros And Cons Of Relocation After Divorce", Vijai P. Sharma, Ph.D, Accessed on July 12, 2017

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