RELOCATION OF A CUSTODIAL PARENT
This is a very tough issue for everyone involved: the children; the non-custodial parent; and, the custodial parent. Arkansas has modified its laws regarding relocation, like many states, following a United States Supreme Case that linked the constitutional right of free travel to a custodial parent’s relocation. See Troxel v. Granville, 530 U.S. 57 (2000). Prior to this decision the burden was on the party seeking to relocate with the minor children to an area wherein the current visitation could not be accommodated. Post Troxel, the burden shifted. See Stills vs. Stills to see where we are now. Quite a change in the law. We have so many people offering to put in the paperwork that they promise not to relocate outside the Court’s jurisdiction if they have custody. If you really read that link to Stills you would know the lack of value of that promise. There are certain ways to discourage a relocation. Call Canova Law Firm & Mediation Services to see what ideas we have about that issue.
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"I recently mediated a domestic relations case with Kimberly Canova and Adell Ralston. I have utilized mediation in several of my cases over the years; however, this was my first experience with co-mediators. I found utilizing co-mediators to be very worthwhile. It saved time, was cost effective, and made my client more at ease. Often times in mediation, as was the case in this matter, the mediator opts to caucus the parties. In doing so, many times my client and I are left waiting on the mediator for hours to come back with information from the other side. With the two mediators, we were able to keep the dialogue going and brainstorm throughout the time we were there, which I felt assisted us in coming to an agreement in a more timely manner. I also believe my client felt “heard” the entire mediation, which made her feel she got more from the experience and her money was well spent. " - M. Kemper, Attorney at Law