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No parent wants to be separated from their child. But after a marriage breaks up or tensions break out between families, sometimes one parent will want to pursue child relocation, making it difficult or even impossible for the other parent to see the son or daughter.
These circumstances are always difficult and unfortunate. And they create a lot of uncertainty for the parent who is about to lose visitation privileges as a result of child relocation plans. Luckily, Rhode Island state law is sympathetic to this situation and allows a parent to challenge the other parent in court.
Since child relocation is such a delicate issue for all involved, and especially for the child, the courts do not make it easy to block plans for child relocation. A parent does not have to have a compelling reason to relocate a child. However, they must be able to prove that child relocation is in the best interest of the child. People are hoping to challenge child relocation typically pursue a legal strategy challenging whether that move is, in fact, good for the child.
Since family dynamics can be so difficult to prove or demonstrate in a courtroom setting, the state courts focus on the following eight factors when considering whether to block plans for child relocation:
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