This is the first post in a series of articles discussing child relocation requests when a Little Rock, Arkansas parent is forced to move to accept new employment. During the current COVID-19 crisis, many residents have experienced layoffs, furloughs, or permanent job loss. The pandemic, like other economic downturns, has created an urgent need for individuals to seek new employment opportunities. Many have been forced to consider moving out of the state to find work. For Arkansas parents who share custody of a child, moving away with the child will require the permission of the court. For obvious reasons, requests for relocation can have a serious impact on the parent remaining behind and their relationship with the child. As a result, the legal process can be both complicated and contentious. The goal of this series is to provide an overview of the relocation request process in the context of employment-related matters. If you need assistance, contact my office today to speak with a fathers’ rights attorney.
This series will discuss the following issues:
- Requesting permission to relocate out of state when new employment starts immediately
- Preparing a relocation plan when the request is due to immediate re-employment
- Defending against a request to move the child out of state
- Requesting permission to move based on non-immediate employment reasons
Parents who share custody of a child and are considering taking a job outside of Arkansas must understand the process of requesting permission to take their child out of the state. First, especially in a tough economy, the need for new employment may be immediate to support one’s family. While it is possible to seek expedited permission to relocate, parents should understand the process and challenges of doing so. Second, a key element in any move-away case is the requesting parent’s relocation plan. Presenting as much information as possible about the relocation plan, even on short notice, will be important for the court’s evaluation of the request. Third, the co-parent remaining in Arkansas may disagree that moving is in their child’s best interest. It is entirely possible to defend against a request for relocation on these grounds. Finally, when the need to move is based on less urgent employment reasons, the legal process may proceed at a different pace. Information presented to the court may be more fully developed, which may impact the judge’s ultimate decision. An experienced family lawyer can help you effectively navigate the process.
We understand how Little Rock families have been impacted by layoffs and high unemployment. When faced with the challenge of finding new employment and potential job-related relocation, a custody dispute can create additional stress. Our office is experienced in a variety of child custody issues, including relocation requests and is ready to assist you. Contact us today to speak with an attorney. In addition to Little Rock, we also handle matters in Fayetteville, Fort Smith, Springdale, Jonesboro, North Little Rock, Conway, Rogers, Pine Bluff, and throughout the rest of Arkansas.