People in Maryland may have seen a recent editorial about some of the issues that some parents may face if they want to relocate to another state or a great distance from their ex. Parents in Maryland who want to relocate should always consult with their family law attorney before proceeding to move away, as doing so without taking the proper legal steps could result in serious repercussions that could include criminal charges or otherwise negatively affect their child custody rights.
The thought of moving away and making a clean break after a divorce makes sense for a lot of people who have gone through a tumultuous divorce, but when there are children involved, it is ultimately important to take their needs, as well as the rights of the ex-spouse, into account. In most divorces in Maryland, both parents are presumed to have equal rights when it comes to decisions of major significance to the child, such as the child's place of residence, education and health care. Unless there is a good reason to deny a parent visitation or parenting time, each parent is also entitled to receive reasonable access to the child.