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The pandemic has changed the way Americans do nearly everything in their lives. Perhaps the most impacted of all are single parents. Many are considering moving to be closer to family to get the help and support they need. However, there might be some legal hurdles to jump through before they can do so. 

No one planned for the COVID-19 pandemic and its recession. While everyone has felt the impact in one way or another, some populations have felt it more than others. One of these populations is single parents. Almost a quarter of children in the U.S. under 18 live with only one parent and no other adults, as per a Pew Research Center report on its related 2019 study.

Single parents who used to send their children to school or daycare and work during the day suddenly lost their ability to do that. Whether they lost their job, the daycare closed, or their kids’ school went completely remote; life became much harder. Unfortunately, some single parents have little or no help or support available to them. The pandemic has made this fact even more real. 

If you are one of these single parents, you might be considering a move closer to your family. However, if you want to move out of state and have a custody arrangement, you need to take specific steps. The first one is to meet with an experienced Sugar Land out of state relocation lawyer. 

Moving with Your Child: Steps to Take

Family courts can’t tell parents that they can’t move. However, they do have jurisdiction over whether or not the children move with their parent. Depending on your current relationship with your child’s other parent, it’s often best to approach them. Tell them what you need and envision and why you want to move. If you can agree on an amicable solution, all you need is the court’s approval.

If you can’t agree on what to do, the court will need to decide for you. In order to get the court’s approval, you must show that your child custody arrangements should be changed. An experienced Sugar Land out of state relocation attorney can help you do this. When making their decision, the courts will consider factors such as:

  • The distance between the other parent and where you want to move
  • How the move will affect your child
  • Why you are moving
  • What your child’s other parent thinks about you moving with them
  • The frequency of visits with their other parent and how transportation would be arranged

Do You Need to Move Closer to Family? Speak to a Sugar Land Out of State Relocation Lawyer Today

At Jaime Jordan, PLLC, we know how difficult the pandemic has been on single parents and those with custody arrangements. We will do everything we can to help you move out of state with your child so that your life can become somewhat more manageable. You can learn more about our comprehensive family services by scheduling your legal consultation today with a skilled Sugar Land out of state relocation lawyer. Call (832) 463-4933 or contact our office online.