This is the second post in my “Understanding Child Relocation” series. My last post provided an overview of topics I will be discussing. In this article I will be discussing the steps you should take in preparation for relocation before you contact an attorney.

It is important that you have your proposed child relocation at least somewhat planned out before meeting with a Nevada attorney

The more organized and prepared you are when you speak with your attorney, the better.  Having a plan in place and being able to execute that plan will increase your chances of being able to relocate your child outside of Nevada. It is not uncommon for people to consult with a Las Vegas child relocation attorney even though they have not planned the proposed move at all. The Court is highly unlikely to grant your request if you have not determined the general area you will reside in, how you will support yourself, your plans for educating the children, etc. The more concisely you present your proposed move to the Court then the more likely it is that your request will be granted.

Steps to take in preparation of meeting with an attorney regarding relocating your child outside of Nevada

1.         Have a job lined up in the state that you wish to relocate to, preferably one that offers a larger salary, a better benefit package than your current employer, or both (although the Court does not necessarily require that the job you are moving for be higher paying). If you are a stay-at-home parent then you should be able to present employment for the primary bread winner.

2.         Research where you wish to live, concentrating on school districts.

3.         Be prepared to answer questions such as:

  • What is your motive for moving?
  • Have you been complying with the visitation schedule put in place by your most recent child custody Order?
  • What visitation schedule would you like the non-custodial parent to have after the relocation?

The court’s main interest is what is in the best interest of your children.  These are just a few factors that the court may consider in order to assess whether or not it is in the children’s best interest to relocate. Having a plan in place to answer these questions makes the Court more likely to grant your request.

In my next post I will be discussing what the court process will look like after your relocation request is filed. If you need assistance with your relocation process then contact a Las Vegas family law attorney today.