Relocating a child due to new husbands Military location.

Vicki - posted on 01/06/2016 ( 3 moms have responded )

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I recently just got married. I live in MN and my husband is stationed in Washington State. I am planning on moving there but I also have a 4 year old. In my state of law, it states that there has to be a consent from the other parent that the child is getting taken away from. Ilmk sons father and I have never got along since we split up. He wants nothing but misery and pain for me so I know he will not be okay with it and he will fight me until there is a court order saying I can take him.

I don't know where to go from here or how to even start this battle. I currently have solely and physical custody bit since I'm taking him out of the state, it doesn't matter.

Will I get legal help? It's so expensive for a lawyer.

If you are going through it, have gone through it, or know someone who's been in a similar situation, please comment below. Please also add if the military helped with family legal costs and the outcome of the situation. Thank you.

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♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 01/06/2016

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Perhaps your current spouse can ask for military legal aid for you, but that's a long shot.

The laws pertaining to child custody, and the removal of the child needing the approval of BOTH biological parents are there for a reason. If your relocation would impact the child's relationship with his father, then there will need to be an adjustment made, regardless of what you want.

I would say at this point, you need an attorney. You also need to be prepared for a judge to determine that the move may NOT be in the best interest of the child (who really is the important party in this case). If/when that happens, you will need to be prepared to either live apart from your current spouse, or work out a custody agreement that does not severely impact the child's right to have a relationship with both of you.

I will point out that there are quite a few military spouses who do not relocate with each new deployment. You may need to be one of those.

Jodi - posted on 01/06/2016

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I believe the military have lawyers. Investigate your options through that avenue. You ARE going to need legal help on this one.

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