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Many parenting schedules work only if the parents live in the same area. "Relocation" means one parent moving with the child a distance that impacts the parenting. Unless the parents agree to the relocation, the court will apply a 2-step test:

  1. Does the parent who proposes to move have a good reason to do so?
  2. If the answer to question #1 is yes, can the other parent show that the move will not be in the child's best interest? (If not in the child's best interest, the relocation is denied.)

Mediation is a safe place to discuss the possibility of relocation and how it would be handled. If not worked out in advance, mediation is a safe place to discuss the proposed relocation.

Additionally, some parenting plans require that the parents mediate before filing in court.

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