Relocation or Move-Away Child Custody

Child Custody Relocation or Move-Away Cases in Kentucky

There has been a significant increase in child custody relocation or move-away cases in Louisville and the State of Kentucky over the past few years.  This is often due to the need to relocate for a new job opportunity, as well as an increase in social media and internet dating activity.  In some cases the goal is to move closer to family and existing support networks.

The central question is these cases is:

Can a divorced parent in Kentucky take the children and move out of the area or out of State?

Kentucky child custody and parenting plans allocate physical custody between the parents of a child.  In the absence of extraordinary factors such as criminal activity, domestic violence, or addiction to drugs or alcohol the physical custody of a child is often “split” or “shared.”  When custody is split between the parents neither is able to make the decision to take children and leave the area or the State of Kentucky without our court’s permission to do so.

Venue and its Impact on Relocation or Move-Away Cases

One of the key issues in these cases is “venue” which legally refers to the court who will have jurisdiction in the child custody case.  When a divorce is completed here in Louisville or throughout Kentucky, the court almost always retains jurisdiction over future disputes or questions relating to child custody.

However, if one parent elects to take the children and relocate or move-away anyway it is up to the remaining local parent to take immediate legal action and contact Dodd & Dodd Attorneys, PLLC or call (502) 584-1108 to preserve “venue,” our local court’s jurisdiction over your child’s custody case.

Many other states allow a parent to quickly establish residency and file emergency orders with the Court.  These claims often include allegations of abuse, and the new State is requested to step in and take over venue in the case since the children are now located in that Court’s jurisdiction.  Which Court will have jurisdiction over the case?

Legally this is quite important.  Once an out of State court establishes jurisdiction a potentially expensive and time consuming legal battle must unfold if you wish your children to be returned.  The local Kentucky parent must take immediate action to protect their rights.  

Contact Experienced Louisville Relocation or Move-Away Child Custody Lawyers

If you hear rumors that the other parent is considering a move, or a move is already in progress you should must protect your custody rights and contact our offices immediately or call (502) 584-1108.

We can put a stop to the process, retain Kentucky jurisdiction or “venue” and seek an order for the immediate return of the children.  Our local Courts take a dim view of a parent who takes the children out of the area or out of State without the Court’s permission.  This will often result in serious sanctions up to and including the offending parent’s loss of custody.  Parenting time in these cases may be limited to supervised visitation due to a perceived flight risk.

The key to child custody relocation or move-away cases in Louisville and Kentucky is to take immediate action.  The divorce and child custody attorneys at Dodd & Dodd Attorneys, PLLC have served the greater Louisville area since 1869.  We invite you to review our client’s recommendations and put your trust in our tradition of excellence.