It is not uncommon for one of the parents to desire to move with the children out of state/or even to the other side of town. Relocation raises significant legal decision making (child custody), parenting time (or visitation) and child support issues, especially if the relocation is out of state. If one parent is contemplating moving out of state, both parents should consider consulting with a family law attorney.

Pursuant to Arizona law, both parents are generally entitled to reasonable parenting time to ensure that the child had frequent and continuing contact with the parents. Relocation disrupts this contact, as the decision to remove a child from the state will affect the other parent’s parental rights. As such, moving out of State with the children presents a difficult problem and the moving parent must establish that the move is in the best interests of the child.