When you decide to divorce, you will have to determine where you are going to live if you are the person who is moving out of the marital home or if that home will be sold. It is imperative that you try not to make any big decisions while you are in the midst of the emotional upheaval that comes in this situation.

If you do decide that you are going to have to move out of the area, which is the case with 17% to 25% of custodial parents within the first two years, you need to make sure that you handle the situation properly. One important step to take is that you alert your ex and the court of your plans. You don’t need to move and then find out that you didn’t have the legal right to move the children that far.

You have to think about the impact that the move will have on the children. They are leaving one parent behind. A school where they feel comfortable, friends and trusted adults are all going to be left. This can be emotionally challenging, so you have to think about what you can do to help them through this change.

There are some decisions that must be made if you are going to move long distance. These include when the child will get to spend time with the other parent and how the transportation will be handled. Things like virtual visitation, child support and other factors might also come into the picture. Be sure that you have all these things ironed out and put into the parenting plan, so you can have a fresh start with your move.