Thanks. I'd found bits & pieces of this info, but never the entire article. It appears as though I should just be prepared to petition for prevention of relocation if & when I receive notification of my ex's intent to move...which, I assume will be fairly soon now that I did not go along with her plan as she thought I would. (Believe it or not, she was actually expecting that I would sell my home, give up 14 years worth of clients & customers, and follow her & my daughter out of state where I would start my life over at 48 years old!)
Do you (or anybody else) have first hand experience in custody cases such as these, and/or a knowledgeable opinion as to what I can expect from a judge?
If done by the book, it doesn't appear as though a judge could possibly allow my ex-wife to relocate my daughter out of state. We share custody; not to mention, I pick my daughter up from school most days and have her with me until at least 5:00 or 6:00 PM, if not overnight. We have a very good relationship, and until this situation came up, her mother & I had a good relationship as well. My daughter is in elementary school in a good school district, she is in her pre-teen years and is doing well in school. She is also active in extra-curricular activities (dance, sports, etc.)
Her mother is trying to convince my daughter (and me) that this would be a great move, she'd have a sister (step, whom she's never met), they'd be closer to family (ex's sister, bro-in-law & child versus my mother, brother & sister here locally), etc. Without even considering the fact that she has known the man she is moving for just over one month,in my opinion, none of the "benefits" of moving outweigh the disadvantages of not seeing her father (me!), pulling her out of school & away from friends, and the transition of going from an "only child" to having to compete with a new sibling and her mother's new partner/spouse for the attention & time she is accustomed to receiving.
Hopefully, a judge will see things the same....does anybody know? Thanks.