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Can a Parent Relocate With a Child After Divorce?
In Maryland, when a parent desires to relocate with a child, the other parent has the right to object to the relocation if the move would interfere with that parent's custody rights.
When parents cannot agree on whether a child should be relocated, either parent can request the Court to modify custody and visitation.
In Maryland, a relocation of a child is a per se "material change in circumstances" warranting the Court's review of custody. However, the relocation must be of sufficient distance to interfere with the current custody arrangement.
As with any custody case, the Court will ultimately consider what is in the child's best interest when determining whether or not to allow the relocation. The Court cannot, however, deprive a parent of the right to relocate. The Court can only decide whether the child can relocate with the parent.
Maryland law requires equitable distribution of property in a divorce. The court determines a fair award of property and debt. Unless the couple can reach a settlement, the court divides the marital property, pension, retirement, profit sharing or deferred-compensation plans. The court considers contributions of each party, the well being of the family, the property value, the economic circumstances of each spouse as well as current situations such as age, mental state, the duration of the marriage, and the interest each party has in the property.
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