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Notice of Intent to Relocate Indiana

In 2019, there was a significant change to the law applicable to relocating parents. Presently, if your proposed relocation decreases the distance between you and the other parent, or your proposed move will not increase the distance between you and the other parent by more than twenty (20) miles, and the children’s school will not change, you do NOT need to file a notice of intent to relocate. Our relocation attorneys represent clients in Carmel, Indianapolis, and throughout Central Indiana.

Are You the Relocating Parent?

If you are the relocating parent: If your relocation will increase the distance from the other parent by more than 20 miles and/or the child’s school would be changed, you will be required to file a notice of intent to relocate. The notice must be filed not less than 30 days prior to your proposed move, or alternatively not more than 14 days after you initially become aware a relocation will be required, whichever date is sooner. Indiana law sets forth specific requirements for a notice of intent to relocate, so you are encouraged to seek counsel to ensure you are in compliance with applicable law.

Are You the Non-Relocating Parent?

If you are the non-relocating parent: Time is of the essence if you want to object to the relocation. Once a notice of intent to relocate is filed with the court, a non-relocating parent is required by Indiana law to file a response within 20 days of receiving that notice. Thus, if you intend to object to the proposed relocation, it is important to contact counsel as soon as possible.

Custody Relocation Factors in Indiana

The proposed relocation will be evaluated based on various factors, including:

  • Reasons for the relocation
  • Distance of the move between all parties involved
  • Feasibility of preserving the relationship between the child and the non-relocating parent or guardian
  • Financial hardship and expense for the non-relocating parent or guardian
  • Pattern of conduct by the relocating parent or guardian

Once a relocating parent proves the proposed move is made in good faith, a court will determine whether the proposed move is in the best interests of the child. What constitutes the best interests of a child is unique to each case and as a result, it’s important to contact an relocation attorney in Carmel, IN as soon as any intended move is contemplated.

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Need Assistance Concerning Notice of Intent to Relocate?

Whether it be ensuring your notice of intent to relocate is filed properly with appropriate information, proving the validity of your move, arguing that the move is in the best interests of the child, or contesting the move entirely, our Carmel & Indianapolis relocation attorneys are here to help you every step of the way. Sometimes the case can be as simple as renegotiating the terms of parenting time or child support payments. Whatever your goal may be, don’t hesitate to contact our experienced team at Roberts Means Roncevic Kapela today to see how we can best represent your case.

Want to discuss your case with a Carmel and Indianapolis relocation lawyer? Call us today at (888) 211-3888.

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