In St. Louis, if you’re a divorced parent considering relocating with your child, it is important to be aware of the legal requirements. Whether you’re moving a short distance or to a different state, Missouri law mandates that you must provide written notice to the other parent at least 60 days prior to the proposed relocation. This notice must be sent via certified mail. Upon receiving the notice, the other parent has 30 days to file an objection with the Court if they oppose the relocation.
The Importance of Timely Objection
Failing to file an objection within the stipulated 30-day period can result in the relocating parent being allowed to move with the child. If an objection is filed, the Court will treat the matter as a Motion to Modify. If no objection is filed, the parent may relocate with the child.
Good Faith and Best Interests
The parent seeking to relocate has the responsibility to prove that the move is made in good faith and is in the best interest of the child. This means showing that the move is not intended to hinder the other parent’s relationship with the child, and that it serves a legitimate purpose such as job opportunities, school districts, or other valid reasons.
Contact an Experienced St. Louis Relocation Attorney
The road to resolving a relocation case can be lengthy and complex, often taking months or even years. Having a skilled legal team by your side is essential to ensure that your rights are protected and that you make informed decisions for your family’s future. Family Ally and Jennifer Piper are here to provide expert guidance, support, and diligent representation every step of the way. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.